LATEST NEWS: Police renew appeals in hunt for man who sexually assaulted woman in Bury St Edmunds
Police hunting a man who sexually assaulted a woman in Bury St Edmunds are renewing appeals for several people who were in the area at the time to come forward.
The 25-year-old woman was assaulted in a wooded area, off Shakers Lane, around 10.30pm on Monday, May 11 and suffered a fractured wrist during the attack.
After further enquiries, police now believe the offender ran off, but headed back towards the town centre.
Following the incident detectives are asking three people to come forward, as they may have information that can progress the investigation.
These include a man, described as white and in his 50s, who was walking a small black dog, that is believed to be called ‘Freddie’, close to the cemetery, and two male cyclists who passed the victim around the time she was with the offender.
Detective Inspector Eamonn Bridger, who is overseeing the enquiry, said: “We’re asking these three people to get in touch as they may be able to help us as we work to trace the offender.
“We know that a man meeting the description of our suspect approached two women in separate incidents in St Mary’s churchyard, close to Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court, earlier in the evening and we think the man walking his dog spoke to one of these two women afterwards.
“The two cyclists passed the victim and the offender together in the vicinity of Shakers Lane and were travelling about ten metres apart – so may be independent of each other or may be known to each other. We would like to speak to both as they again may be able to help, even if they think they can’t.”
Officers are continuing work to try to locate the man responsible – described as being in his late teens, between 5’8” and 5’11” tall, with dark brown hair and dark eyebrows.
He was wearing dark tracksuit style clothing. The offender spoke with the victim before the attack and stated that he was from Romania.
While this can’t be confirmed, he is described as having an Eastern European accent and appeared to speak limited English.
Det Insp Bridger said; “We believe the efit we’ve issued is a good likeness of his face and would ask anyone who recognises him to come forward. We’d also like to hear from anyone who may have been in Bury St Edmunds on Monday evening who may have seen him or anyone who may be able to put a name to the efit.”
Anyone who was in the area during the evening or anyone who recognises the efit is asked to call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting crime number BU/15/1448.
Calls can also be made anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.