Sussex

Woman, 18, raped by masked man in Hailsham

An 18-year-old woman was raped by a masked man as she walked in playing fields in East Sussex.

She was pulled to the ground and assaulted by the man in an area near Diplocks industrial estate, South Road, Hailsham on Sunday.

Sussex Police said the victim, who raised the alarm when she arrived home, had been left "severely shocked".

Detectives have appealed for anyone with information about the incident or offender to contact officers.

Det Ch Insp Jeff Riley, of Sussex Police, said; "The young woman was clearly very traumatised and we are making detailed inquiries to establish the full circumstances.

"We have received no reports of any similar incidents in the area."

The suspect was described as white and between 5ft 11in and 6ft 1in tall.

He was wearing a brown leather jacket and a black balaclava.

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