FIRST PICTURE: CCTV of suspect in Horsham cottaging case

A still taken from CCTV at a Horsham supermarket minutes after the second alleged act of indeceny with an underage boy

A still taken from CCTV at a Horsham supermarket minutes after the second alleged act of indeceny with an underage boy

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DETECTIVES investigating two acts of indecency by a man with an underage boy in Horsham are have released a picture of a man they want to interview in connection with the enquiry.

The incidents were reported to police on May 20 but are alleged to have taken place on Wednesday 18 May and Thursday 19 May.

The incident on May 18 is alleged to have taken place at around 4.30pm in a car park at Sainsbury’s in Worthing Road, and on May 19 an offence is alleged to have taken place at around 4.20pm in public toilets at Lower Tanbridge Way.

Detective Sergeant Alli Hughes of West Sussex CID said: “The CCTV photo shows the man entering Sainsburys in the town centre. The image of his face is somewhat blurred but his build and type of clothing are quite distinctive, and we hope local people will be able to help us identify him.

“Meanwhile additional partnership patrols have been taking place in the area and we continue to urge the public to report any incidents or concerns.”

The man in the photograph is described as white, of chubby build and unshaven.

He was softly spoken with a broad accent, although the origin of the accent is unknown. He told the victim that his name was James and he is 35-years-old. He was smoking Stirling cigarettes.

He was wearing a black suit on the day of the first offence and light blue jeans with a checked red and blue shirt with brown soft leather shoes on the second day.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 1144 of 20/5.

The incident was first reported by the County Times back in May.