Man wanted in connection with assault of young woman in Brighton Pavilion grounds

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the incident.

Police investigating the attempted rape of a young woman in the gardens of Brighton Pavilion have released two photos of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Officers said the images were captured in the area early on Saturday morning (June, 8), when the victim was seen running from the gardens following the attack.

The victim, in her early 20s, was seen in a ‘distressed’ state, prompting a call from a concerned member of the public.

Police said she later told officers she had been raped by a man in the area of the Indian Gate shortly beforehand.

DI Duncan Elliott said:

“We believe that the man in the pictures may have important information and we would ask him or anyone who recognises him to contact us.

“This was a vicious attack that left the woman with a number of injuries that required hospital treatment.

“She is now receiving specialist support.

“We are also appealing for anyone who may have been in the area at the time or who may have a home or business with CCTV covering the area around the Pavilion.

“Similarly, anyone driving with a dashcam operating might well have captured something that could be of interest to us.”

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