Man sought by police in connection with Witterings sex assaults

Police detectives are seeking to trace a man in connection with a current investigation into reported sexual assaults on three brothers in the East and West Wittering areas some time during the late 1970s.

The boys, who were aged between five and eight at the time, were allegedly sexually assaulted on several occasions by the man who had been invited to stay in their family home as a guest.

Detective constable Mark Burgess said: “We are seeking information about a man called Kevin Collins who worked in the Witterings as a gardener and odd-job man during the mid to late 1970’s.

“Although these allegations relate to a period more than 30 years ago, they have only recently been reported to us.

“Regardless of the time that has gone by since we will always treat such allegations seriously and in confidence, and we will ensure people reporting are also referred to independent counselling and welfare support if needed.”

Mr Collins is described as being at the time in his forties, with fuzzy hair, skinny with a gaunt face and between 5ft 6 and 5ft 7.

Police said he always looked scruffy and had really dark tanned skin, as if he was a frequent sunbather.

It is believed he may have come from somewhere in Kent originally, possibly the Gravesend and North Kent area.

If anyone has any information about this man or his current whereabouts, could they please contact police via 101 quoting serial 0874 of 8/9.

You can also call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.