A woman and a teenage girl have been sexually assaulted while in their beds in Bognor Regis. Now police have issued a warning advising people who sleep with windows ajar to consider their night-time security.
The assaults occurred within a few hundred yards of each other at addresses just off the B2166 Aldwick Road. In each case the victims were touched over their clothing by someone reaching in through open windows to molest them.
On Sunday (14 May) a 24-year-old woman was assaulted as she lay in bed in a flat in Victoria Drive between 6am and 7am. It followed an earlier assault on Sunday 30 April when a 15-year-old girl was assaulted in her bed in Stocker Road at around 5am.
Detective Inspector Alan Pack said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who may have information about either incident, perhaps having noticed suspicious activity in the early hours at these locations. It left those assaulted feeling both shocked and traumatised.
“Given the similarity of the circumstances and the proximity of these two incidents, we have not ruled out the possibility that they may be linked. Enquiries are continuing and we would urge anyone else who may have been assaulted to come forward. Meanwhile police patrols in the area have been increased.”
DI Pack added that it was advisable not to leave externally accessible windows open at night, or to fit locking devices that prevent them from being opened more than an inch or two to permit ventilation.
Anyone with information that may assist detectives is asked to report it quoting serial 1481 of 14/05 (Victoria Drive) or 487 of 30/04 (Stocker Road).