Appeal after Chichester teenager is hugged and kissed by stranger

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Police are seeking witnesses to an incident in Chichester in which a young woman was assaulted and followed by a stranger.

An 18-year-old Chichester woman was sitting on a bench in the South Pallant car park at around 9am on Sunday, June 21, outside the council offices, when she was approached by a man who first engaged her in conversation and then hugged and kissed her, police said.

The teenage woman walked off, but the man followed her through the streets, trying to talk to her and hugged her again, until finally she shook him off and went into the flat of a friend in Charles Avenue.

PC Ben Hitchman said: “If you were in Chichester town centre that morning and recall seeing a young blonde woman and a man in his fifties, together in the streets leading from South Pallant to Charles Avenue, we would like to hear from you.

“You can contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting serial 537 of 21/06.”

A 58-year-old man from Oldham, Greater Manchester, was arrested later the same day in Chichester on suspicion of sexual assault.

He has been bailed until August 18.