55-year-old woman raped in graveyard on Halloween too 'distraught' to talk about attack, police seek public's help to catch culprit

The suspect has been described as a white man in his 40s, 5’6”, of average build, with short grey hair


                            55-year-old woman raped in graveyard on Halloween too 'distraught' to talk about attack, police seek public's help to catch culprit

A woman was reportedly raped in a graveyard on Halloween by a man who sat next to her on a bench before launching the attack on her.

Police said they are hunting for the man who attacked the 55-year-old near St Andrew’s Church in Hove, East Sussex on Halloween.

The victim was reportedly too "distraught and vulnerable" to talk about the attack but is being supported by specially trained officers, according to Sussex police.

A report by The Sun said the incident occurred between 5.30 pm and 6 pm "as dusk was falling" near the St Andrew’s Church graveyard. 

Police say the assault took place in a busy part of town right next to a Tesco superstore.

The suspect was described as a white man in his 40s, 5’6”, of average build, with short grey hair and wearing jeans.

They also said they were not able to conduct an interview with the victim due to her distressed state. "We believe this to be an isolated incident but clearly we want to find out more as soon as we can," said Detective Inspector Vickie Maroki.

"Anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in what is a busy area is asked to contact Sussex Police without delay," he added.

A similar event had occurred in June this year in the churchyard of St Catherine's in Church Street, Ventnor. Hampshire Constabulary said a 35-year-old man from Sandown remained in custody after being arrested on suspicion of rape. The woman was being supported by specialist officers. 

Those who have any information about the incident and want to help the investigation can do so online or by phoning 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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