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Pensioner charged with sexually assaulting four-year-old girl in supermarket

The pensioner is charged with sexually assaulting the girl as she sat in a shopping trolley
The pensioner is charged with sexually assaulting the girl as she sat in a shopping trolley

A pensioner has been charged with sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl in an Asda store.

Hugh Unwin, 75, is alleged to have assaulted the girl as she sat in a shopping trolley while her mother's back was turned to pick up an item from a shelf.

Sussex Police officers were called to the store in Crawley, West Sussex, at noon on Sunday to reports of a man acting suspiciously around the girl.

Unwin, of Garden Walk, Crawley, was remanded in custody when he appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court on Monday, police said.

Detective Inspector Alan Pack said: "I understand that this will be worrying for all parents, but it is a rare incident and reinforces that vigilance pays off.

"If you were in the store around the time and saw anything suspicious or believe you have information that could be relevant to our investigation, please get in touch."

Unwin will next appear in court on September 25.