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Schoolgirl approached by suspicious stranger in Rye town centre

19 May, 2017 13:33 News Witness Appeals

Police are investigating an incident in which a 16-year-old girl, a pupil at Rye College, was approached in the town's Cinque Ports Street by a stranger whose conversation alarmed her.

The incident happened between 12 and 12.30pm on Friday, 12 May. The man first asked for directions from the teenager, who was in school uniform, but then went on to invite her to lunch and gave her a phone number.

The girl was distressed by this but managed to leave the area and contact police.

The stranger is described as a white man, aged 50 to 60, of slim build and with white hair cut unevenly at the back. He was wearing a blue jacket and brown trousers, and spoke with a non-local accent.

Detective Constable Jo Cooper said: "This was an upsetting experience for the girl involved. We wish to trace people who were in Cinque Ports Street at the time and who may have seen or heard what happened."

They are asked to report details to police here, quoting serial 680 of 12/05. Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online here.

A 59-year-old man from Hastings has been arrested on suspicion of harassment. Following interview, he was released under investigation.

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