Police appeal for witnesses after Horsham woman raped in Brighton

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Police in Brighton are trying to find two couples who may have valuable information about the rapes of two women in flats in the city.

In the early hours of Sunday September 13 a young woman from Horsham woke up in a disorientated state, in an unknown flat close to Brighton railway station. She had been out in Brighton the night before. She was extremely distressed, left the flat and stopped a man and a woman at about 5.30am to ask for directions to the station.

Police say she had last been seen in Coalition Club on the Lower Esplanade shortly after midnight in the company of a man described as black, in his 20’, approximately 6ft, and of muscular build with very short hair.

Shortly after 6am on Thursday September 17 police were called to Brighton railway station to a report of a woman who had been visiting the city and had been out with family the night before. However they had beome separated during the evening and she woke up in a distressed and disorientated state in an unknown flat a short distance from the railway station.

She approached a man and a woman in Guildford Street who walked with her to the railway station nearby where she was helped by staff who called the police.

She had last been seen in Kings Road, Brighton, at about 4am in the company of a man described as black, in his 20’s, of skinny build, about 5’.8” with short facial hair and braided hair tied back in a pony tail.

DS Cheryl Lewendon said; “We are eager to identify those two couples who stopped and helped the two women. We are also appealing for anyone else with any information to make contact with us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.ukor call 101, quoting serial 309 of 13/09, or 148 of 17/09. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“There are clear similarities between the two incidents, but there are also differences. Whilst we are keeping an open mind as the investigations continue, we are not connecting the two at this stage.”

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