December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The detective leading the investigation into a vicious attack on a Norwich woman has revealed they are following up new lines of inquiry following the launch of an appeal.
The EDP and Norfolk police issued a new appeal for information on the 13th anniversary of the attack on Julie Cooper – who was knifed in the face as she walked back to work along Europa Way, a footpath and cyclepath close to the busy Martineau Lane, after her lunch.
Mrs Cooper, then 28, suffered serious facial bone breaks, including to her upper and lower jaws.
She underwent life-saving surgery which lasted more than nine hours.
Her attacker, who also stole her handbag, has never been identified but police hope the new appeal, which has been launched as part of the EDP’s Norfolk Unsolved campaign which sees the paper – and its sister titles – working together with police to help crack serious unsolved cases, will prove a success.
Police have revealed the new appeal has generated more calls which have thrown up new lines of inquiry for the team trying to bring Mrs Cooper and her family the justice she has waited so long for.
Det Insp Andy Guy said: “We have received a small number of calls following last week’s appeal, and two new lines of inquiry are being looked into. I am grateful to those that took the time to contact us and would continue to appeal to those who may know anything which they think could help.”
Mrs Cooper has backed the new appeal and last week returned to the scene of the attack where she agreed to speak out in a bid to help try to encourage those who have information to come forward.
She said: “She said: “It was a glorious day. I had been home and had some of my youngest daughter’s birthday cake – it was her third birthday the day before the attack – and was walking back.
“I was in a bit of a hurry as I was a couple of minutes late. I came on to the footpath and was attacked.
“The next thing, I was waking up in hospital with knife wounds to my face, shoulder and arms and had undergone a nine hour operation to rebuild my face.”
Police are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who saw a ginger-haired man with heavily tattooed arms who was acting “oddly” around the time of the attack, which happened between 1.05pm and 1.15pm on August 15, 2000.
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101.