Police are investigating reports of an assault on a 14-year-old girl as she was walking in Rustington.

The teenager was on the Woodlands Recreation Ground at 7.30pm last Thursday (February, 1) when she reported being grabbed at by a man.

Officers said the suspect was startled by a dog walker and he ran off in the direction of the nearby social club.

He has been described as aged in his 40s, between 5’11” and 6′ tall, and of a stocky build.

He was wearing grey or black jeans, a black raincoat with the hood up, and black boots.

Detective Constable Lee Elliott said:

“We are investigating the circumstances of this report and are particularly keen to speak to a woman walking a small dog who came onto the recreation ground through the Conbar Avenue entrance at the time of the incident.

“We have stepped up patrols in the area, and are asking anyone who has any information or sees anyone acting suspiciously to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online here, or call 101 quoting reference number 1327 of 01/02.