A woman has been attacked following an attempted robbery in Ninfield.
The 25-year-old victim was walking to a parked vehicle in Smith Close, and was using her mobile phone as a torch, when she was grabbed from behind.
An unknown person tried to grab the phone and the victim was struck in the face.
Police said the sound of a car door being shut nearby then appeared to scare the attacker, who ran off into Stokes Meadow, and out of sight.
The suspect has been described as around 5’4″ tall, but officers said their gender is unknown, and no other details are available.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Sussex Police online here, or phone 101, quoting reference number 1256 of 22/02.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.