Young woman reportedly raped in grounds of Brighton Pavilion

Police are investigating the reported rape of a young woman in the grounds of Brighton Pavilion early this morning (Saturday, 8).

Officers said the victim, in her early 20s, was seen running from the grounds in a distressed state at 5.45am, prompting a call to police from a concerned member of the public.

The victim told police she had been raped by a man shortly beforehand, and is now receiving specialist support.

Police said the area has now been cordoned off while forensic investigations take place.

Brighton Pavilion is expected to remain closed today.

Anyone with information about the incident, which is believed to have occurred around the Indian Gate area, or who was in the area at the time is asked to report online or call 101 quoting Operation Cobalt.