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alert-–-police-offer-reward-as-they-step-up-hunt-for-brighton-beach-rapist-who-attacked-middle-aged-woman-in-the-early-hoursAlert – Police offer reward as they step up hunt for Brighton beach rapist who attacked middle-aged woman in the early hours

Police are offering a £500 reward for information which can help them in their hunt for a rapist who attacked a middle-aged woman last month. 

Despite previously appealing to the public with CCTV images of a suspect they want to speak to, they have been unable to identify him.

A woman in her 40s reported being attacked on the beach, near Kings Road Arches, on September 10 but despite numerous inquiries, her attacker has not yet been caught.

Sussex Police has released photographs of a suspect who was seen at Brighton Railway Station at around 5.45am on the morning of the offence.

The CCTV images issued show the man – who is wearing a Trapstar t-shirt – talking to staff in one photo and speaking to someone on the phone in the other. Police say he got on a train to London afterwards.

Sussex Police have released photographs of a suspect who was seen at Brighton Railway Station at around 5.45am on the morning of the offence

A second man from Barnet, north London, has already been charged with rape. 

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: ‘We are offering a £500 reward for information leading to the identification of a man we would like to speak to in connection with the rape of a woman on Brighton beach.

READ MORE: Police charge two and renew hunt for another man after five Brighton beach sex attacks on women 

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‘A woman aged in her 40s reported being raped on the beach on Sunday, September 10, near Kings Road Arches between 2am and 5.30am.

‘Detectives believe this man – captured on CCTV at Brighton Railway Station at around 5.45am on the morning of the offence – may be able to help with their inquiries.

‘He was pictured wearing a distinctive TRAPSTAR tee-shirt and speaking to staff at the station, before getting on a train heading towards London.’

Detective Chief Inspector Luke Kyriakides-Yeldham said: ‘We are asking anyone who recognises the man in the image, or who may have spoken to him at Brighton Railway Station at around 5.45am on September 10, to get in contact with us as a matter of urgency.

‘We’re also keen to speak to any other witnesses, or anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the vicinity of Kings Road Arches on that morning.

‘If you have any information that may help, please report online or via 101, quoting Operation Carpenter. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

The CCTV images issued show the man – who is wearing a Trapstar t-shirt and a cap – talking to staff in one photo and speaking to someone on the phone in the other

A woman in her 40s reported being attacked on the beach, near Kings Road Arches, on September 10 but despite numerous inquiries, her attacker has not yet been caught. (file photo) 

Information can also be passed to police anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.’

The incident in question followed two separate sex attacks in the same geographical area. 

On Wednesday, September 6, police received a report that a young woman had been raped on the beach near Brighton Pier shortly after midnight.

Two days later on Friday, September 8, officers were called to London Road in the early hours after a report that a woman in her 20s had been sexually assaulted at around 3.15am. 

A man has been charged with rape and attempted rape in relation to both incidents.

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