Police are investigating a possible abduction after a screaming woman was reported to have been seen getting dragged into a car on St Leonards seafront early this morning (Monday, 22).

The alarm was raised by a member of the public around 2am after the woman was seen being pulled into a black car near the One Stop Shop in Eversfield Place.

The vehicle, thought to be a dark-coloured saloon car, then drove off at speed westbound towards Bexhill.

The woman, who was white and wearing a pink jacket, was heard arguing with a man, who it appears she knew, in the minutes before the incident.

He has been described as mixed race and in his mid-20s.

Detective Inspector Rob Morland said:

“From our witness’s account, it would appear that this was preceded by a heated argument between two people.

“It is not known if they knew each other, but the woman does not seem to have willingly got into the car.

“We want to make sure that she is safe and would welcome any information to confirm this, especially if you are that woman and can assure us that you are okay.

“Your contact will be handled sensitively and confidentially and if you need help, we have specialist officers who can help.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online here, or phone 101, quoting reference number 65 of 22/01.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.