Safety warning after weekend sex attack

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LATE night safety advice has been issued after a woman was sexually assaulted.

Suffolk’s Community Safety Partnership yesterday warned people out late this weekend to be on their guard.

Police are seeking witnesses to the assault last Sunday morning in Bury St Edmunds town centre.

The 26-year-old saw a person as she walked through The Black Boy pub’s car park between 4am and 5am. But as she got to the pavement on St Andrew’s Street South, she was forced to the floor and the man attempted to sexually assault her. She screamed, a taxi appeared and the man ran off. The woman was shaken but unhurt.

Police want to speak to anyone who was in that area at the time and may have seen the man, in black, hooded top and black trainers, before or after the incident. They also want to speak to the taxi driver.

Call Pc Lisa Yorke at Bury St Edmunds Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Suffolk Community Safety Partnership advises:

n Do not hitchhike or accept lifts from strangers or unlicensed taxis.

n Plan your route there and back. n Avoid short cuts through unlit or deserted areas.

n Try to walk in groups.

n Let someone know where you are going and your time of return.

n Have keys ready so that you can get into your house or car quickly.

n Be aware of your surroundings — a personal stereo may prevent you from hearing somebody approaching you.

n If you think you are being followed, go to the nearest public place, such as a pub or shop, and call the police on 999.

n Walk facing the traffic so a car cannot pull up behind you unnoticed.

n If a car stops and the occupant asks for directions, keep your distance.

n If you are confronted, use your personal alarm and run or scream and shout to attract attention.