Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was raped in Eastbourne.

Officers are investigating after a report was made on Saturday, September 4 of a girl being raped near Shinewater Lane.

The victim is being supported by specially-trained officers while enquiries are ongoing.

Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the vicinity of the football fields between Sorrel Drive and Milfoil Drive, behind South Downs School, on Thursday, September 2.

Officers would particularly like to speak to a man described as over 5′ 8″ in height and wearing a dark blue jumper, grey jogging bottoms and black Nike Air Force trainers.

Anyone with information is asked to report online or by calling 101 quoting Operation Device. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.