We are appealing to anyone who may be able to help us as we investigate a rape in Sompting, which occurred shortly after midnight on Wednesday (6 February).
The victim, a woman in her 20s, was attacked in an alleyway off Avon Close.
The suspect, who is not known to her, is described as a man with a tanned complexion, 5'10", unshaven, and wearing a black coat with zipped pockets and a fur-trimmed hood, together with a black beanie hat pulled down to his eyes. He spoke with a foreign accent and smelled strongly of smoke.
Officers have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries and checks for CCTV or dash-cam footage that may help to identify the suspect or where he went.
Det Insp Suzanne Neilson, senior investigating officer, said: "Any information is welcome, however insignificant it may seem.
"Offences of this kind are fortunately rare, but we understand the concerns that may be generated. Extra patrols have been deployed to reassure the community and provide additional points of contact while we seek to trace and apprehend the person responsible."
Anyone with information that may assist detectives is asked to report details online or to phone 101, quoting Operation Mire.
Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously. The telephone number is 0800 555 111.
For further advice, please visit the Sussex Police website here.
Author: Nigel Jarrett