Key witness traced in hunt for sex attacker in Bury St Edmunds

E-fit of suspect following the sexual assault of a woman in Bury St Edmunds ANL-150514-102445001
E-fit of suspect following the sexual assault of a woman in Bury St Edmunds ANL-150514-102445001
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Police have traced a key witness in their hunt for a man who sexually assaulted a 25-year-old woman in Bury St Edmunds.

They launched a major investigation after the woman was attacked in a wooded area, off Shakers Lane, at about 10.30pm on Monday, May 11 and suffered a fractured wrist.

It is believed the man approached two other women in St Mary’s church-yard, close to Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court earlier that night.

Officers were keen to speak to three potential witnesses including a man who was walking a dog believed to be called ‘Freddie’ close to the cemetery.

They have now traced that man but are still looking for two cyclists who were in the Shakers Lane area that night.

Following the assault, the attacker ran off and is understood to have headed off towards the town centre.

He is described as being in his late teens, between 5’8” and 5’11” tall, with dark brown hair and dark eyebrows and wearing dark tracksuit-style clothing.

He told the victim he was from Romania, is described as having an Eastern European accent and appeared to speak limited English.

A police spokeswoman said: “The investigation remains active and ongoing, with officers following up a number of leads.

“We have now traced the man who was walking his dog in the area of the cemetery during the evening and there has been a good response to appeals from members of the public.

“The enquiry is progressing and we are continuing to ask anyone with information to come forward.

“We would still like to trace two cyclists who were in the Shakers Lane area that night and anyone who can help is asked to call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting crime number BU/15/1448.”