UPDATE: 15-year-old boy ‘raped twice’, police reveal

JPCT 31-05-11 SC11210961a public toilets, horsham, opposite library, under Beales  -photo by steve cobb
JPCT 31-05-11 SC11210961a public toilets, horsham, opposite library, under Beales -photo by steve cobb
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POLICE investigating an incident of ‘cottaging’ involving a 15-year-old boy have revealed further information relating to the case.

The County Times uncovered an ongoing police investigation in to an incident of ‘cottaging’ in a public toilet near Horsham library.

Cottaging is a slang term for sex, sometimes anonymous, between men in public toilets.

Sussex Police is today appealing for information following ‘two alleged rapes’ by a man on the same teenage boy in Horsham.

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 assault 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 Inspector Rob Walker of West Sussex CID said: “We take allegations of this nature very seriously and CID officers are working with the aggrieved to establish the circumstances surrounding these alleged offences.”

Chief Inspector Mark Trimmer, District Commander for Horsham, said: “Additional partnership patrols are taking place around the area where the alleged offences took place. This was the first report of this nature in this area we have received but we would urge the public to report any incidents or concerns.

“This type of activity is not acceptable and we are looking at measures to prevent any furrther offences taking place.”

The man 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.

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