Woman raped by stranger in Sompting alleyway

Police investigating reports of a rape in Chichester.

An investigation has begun into the rape of a woman in Sompting shortly after midnight on Wednesday (February, 6).

The victim, a woman in her 20s, was attacked by a man unknown to her in an alleyway off Avon Close.

The suspect was described as a man with a tanned complexion, 5’10” and unshaven.

He was wearing a black coat with a fur-trimmed hood, and a beanie hat pulled down to his eyes.

He also spoke with a foreign accent and smelled of smoke.

Detective Inspector Suzanne Neilson, senior investigating officer, said:

“Any information is welcome, however insignificant it may seem.

“Offences of this kind are fortunately rare, but we understand the concerns that may be generated.”

Officers said they have been carrying out house-to house enquiries and checks for CCTV or dash cam footage.

Det Insp Neilson added:

“Extra patrols have been deployed to reassure the community and provide additional points of contact while we seek to trace and apprehend the person responsible.”

Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Mire.