CCTV image released in connection with Brighton rape

CCTV image
Image caption A man is sought in connection with the attack in Brighton

A CCTV image has been released by Sussex Police in connection with the rape of a 17-year-old girl in Brighton.

Police want to speak to the man who travelled on the top deck of the number seven Brighton and Hove bus which went from Queens Road, Brighton to Goldsmid Road in Hove.

Police said the man was close the area of the attack within about 20 minutes of it taking place.

The image was taken just before midnight on Monday 14 February.

"We now know that this man walked up Dyke Road having got off the bus in Goldsmid Road.

"We are not sure when he left the Dyke Road area, but we do need to trace him," said Det Ch Insp Trevor Bowles.

"He had previously sat in the top deck of the bus having got on at Queens Road, outside the Quadrant pub and I am hoping that other passengers will recognise him."

The man is described as in his 30s, olive-skinned with short dark hair, of stocky build and with closely-shaven facial hair and sideburns.

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