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A GIRL was assaulted in an alleyway on her way to school in Eastbourne.

Reports say the attack was of a sexual nature.

A police spokesman said: “Police are investigating a report of a girl being sexually assaulted in Eastbourne.

“A man approached the victim around 7.45am on Wednesday (September 30) in an alleyway off Green Street near to Northiam Road.

“He then assaulted her before she was able to run away. She continued on her way to school, where it was then reported to police.

“The man is described as white, around 50 years of age, approximately 6’ tall with a large build and dark hair.

He was wearing a blue disposable face mask and blue disposable gloves.

He was also wearing a plain black zip-up hooded jumper with the hood up and plain black jogging bottoms.

“Anyone who saw what happened, or who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time, is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 388 of 30/09.”