Sussex

Crawley schoolgirl rape suspect e-fit released

E-fit of Crawley rape suspect (Sussex Police)
Image caption Police hope someone will recognise the e-fit produced from the girl's description

Police investigating the rape of a schoolgirl in Crawley have released an electronic image of the man they want to speak to about the attack.

A 13-year-old girl reported that she had been dragged into bushes in an alleyway near Desmond Anderson Primary School by a man who then raped her.

Her family told police the incident happened in early May but have not been able to give a precise date.

Detectives hope someone will be able to recognise the man from the e-fit.

'No exact date'

Det Insp Mark Cullimore, of West Sussex CID, said: "Specially trained officers are giving support to the young girl and [trying to] find out more details about the attack.

"Unfortunately we don't have an exact date as to when this happened but we know it was about three weeks ago at around 5pm."

The suspect is said to be in his late 30s, 5ft 8in tall, with dark hair and stubble. He was wearing a long beige coat and wellington boots.

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