A woman has been thrown to the ground, punched in the face and subjected to indecent remarks before being robbed by a man in St Leonards.

The 20-year-old was attacked as she walked home between 11.50pm last Friday (February, 9) and just shortly after midnight.

The robbery took place as she passed a metal staircase at the back of the Royal Victoria Hotel in East Ascent.

Her mobile phone, along with a bank card was stolen.

After the attack, the man made off on foot in a westerly direction down East Ascent.

Police said the victim declined medical treatment, but was left badly shaken by the attack.

Officers have now released an e-fit of the suspect, who has been described as white, 6′, in his mid-20s, and with brown hair tied back in a ponytail.

He was wearing a blue waxed jacket, dark trousers and white trainers.

Police have released an e-fit of the suspect.

Anyone who recognises the man in the e-fit, who witnessed the attack, or has any other information, is asked to report it online here, or phone 101, quoting reference number 9 of 10/02.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.