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Two sexual assaults in one night in Copthorne as Police begin hunt for man

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Police are investigating after a man forced his way into a woman’s home and sexually assaulted her by touching in Copthorne near Crawley.

They also believe he touched another woman in the street shortly afterwards.

At about 4pm on Friday (12 July), a man called at a woman’s house in Newtown and asked where the nearest bus stop was. He then barged his way in and touched her. She pushed him out and locked the front door. He then carried on knocking on the door before leaving.

Officers responded immediately and carried out a search of the area but could not find the man. A short time later another woman reported that a man had approached her asking for a hug and then touched her as she tried to get into her car in Knowle Drive, Copthorne, at about 4.05pm. She shouted at him and he ran off.

The suspect is described as white, aged about 20, 5′ 9″, slim, with light brown hair and was wearing a white buttoned up shirt, dark trousers and carrying a dark coloured backpack.

Detective Sergeant Joel Brooks said:

“These incidents were frightening and distressing for the victims and we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen this man hanging around or approaching the women.

“We are carrying out searches, making enquiries and have police officers in the area.”

If you can help with the investigation please report online or ring 101 quoting serial of 1078 of 12/7.

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14-year-old boy arrested in connection with Copthorne sexual assaults near Crawley

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Police investigating two reports of sexual assaults by touching in Copthorne have made an arrest.

In the first incident a suspect was reported to have forced his way into a woman’s home and sexually assaulted her by touching in Newtown on Friday afternoon (12 July).

A short time later another woman reported that a man had approached her asking for a hug and then touched her as she tried to get into her car in Knowle Drive, Copthorne.

She shouted at him and he ran off.

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of committing two sexual assaults.

He has been released on bail until 14 August.

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