A 13-year-old girl has been assaulted by a man along Cherry Garden Road in Eastbourne this week.

Witnesses are being sought to the attempted robbery of the teenager in Eastbourne.

At around 5.20pm on Tuesday (16 May) police received the report.

Officers were told a 13-year-old girl had been assaulted by a man as she walked along Cherry Garden Road in Eastbourne.

The man approached the girl from behind and grabbed her around her hips.

This caused her to fall to the ground.

He then reached inside her jacket as if to take something but was disturbed by a passing car pulling up beside them.

The man ran off in the direction of Sancroft Road empty handed.

The suspect is described as a white man, approximately 6′ 1″ and of skinny build with dark brown hair.

He was aged between 18 and 22 years, had a pale complexion and stubble on his face.

He wore a black baseball cap, blue jogging bottoms, a grey T-shirt and blue Nike trainers.

As he ran away he lost one of his trainers which was recovered by police close to the scene.

Detective Inspector Andy Eggleton said:

“This incident is currently being treated as an attempted robbery.

“Anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen someone matching the suspect’s description is asked to call Sussex Police.”

It is possible to contact police on 101 quoting serial 1162 of 16/05.

Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via or 0800 555 111.