Woman bites attacker to escape Sussex towpath assault

A woman aged in her 60s managed to escape from an attempted knifepoint sexual assault in West Sussex by biting her attacker, police said.

The victim had a knife held against her during the attack on a towpath by the River Arun, Littlehampton on Wednesday.

Sussex Police described the attack as an attempted sexual assault and said the suspect, aged about 19, ran off after he was bitten by the woman.

The force wants to talk to a dog walker who may have spoken to the teenager.

Det Sgt Chris Pipkin said: "The woman was plucky to have bitten the man which caused him to flee.

"We immediately searched the area and are doing everything we can to identify him.

"We'd particularly like to speak to a dog walker who was in the area at the time and possibly had a conversation with the suspect.

"He was walking a small white dog and is described as white, aged around 30, wearing a short sleeved top and carrying something, possibly a tripod."

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