A 19-year-old woman has been raped by two men on Brighton beach while another man watched, police said today.
The woman, who is from Kent, told officers she was grabbed by the pair in their 30s and raped in the early hours of the morning while the third man was present.
The attack happened on the beach between the Coalition nightclub and Regency Square.
The woman had been out with a friend earlier in the evening but she had decided to go back to the hotel where they were staying.
Detective Sergeant Graham Lewendon, from Sussex Police, said: ‘This was a distressing incident for the woman and we are offering her our support.
‘We are appealing for any members of the public who can help us trace the offenders.
‘We would like to speak to anyone who saw the woman near the Coalition nightclub or anyone who saw three men acting suspiciously or running away.
‘Tonight we are putting extra officers in the area to speak to people and offer them advice and reassurance. We will also be seeking any witnesses.
‘The investigation is in its early stages and we are working with the victim to establish the circumstances of the incident.’