Police appeal after Bury woman alleges rape in own home

Out Risbygate at  the junction with Grove Road where the woman says they man first approached her ANL-160728-113815001
Out Risbygate at the junction with Grove Road where the woman says they man first approached her ANL-160728-113815001

Police investigating an alleged rape are asking anyone who may have been in the Risbygate Street or Out Risbygate area of Bury St Edmunds last Saturday night into Sunday morning to come forward.

Police were contacted yesterday about an initial allegation of sexual assault between 11.15pm on Saturday (July 23) and the early hours of Sunday, but when officers spoke to the woman, in her 30s, she said she had been raped.

She told police she had left her home about 11.15pm on Saturday to go for a walk. While she sat on a bench opposite the Co-Op store in Out Risbygate, a man sat next to her.

She told police, he started cuddling and kissing her and then indecently exposed himself to her.

She managed to get away and began walking home but the man followed her home and she was raped there. The man left her home in the early hours of Sunday.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the woman and the man on the bench or in the area between 11.15pm on Saturday and 2am on Sunday to come forward.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Bury St Edmunds Gemini team at Suffolk Police by dialling 101.