December 12 2013 Latest news:
Andrew Fitchett, Reporter
Monday, September 23, 2013
Another woman has been assaulted in a stretch of isolated woodland in Thetford.
Police are now warning members of the public to avoid the woods between St Johns Way and Bury Road after an attempted robbery on a woman in her twenties last Tuesday at around 8pm.
The woman was walking through the woods when a man grabbed her handbag and pulled it off her shoulder.
The woman struggled with the man, holding on to the bag which caused one of the straps to snap.
She was then grabbed by the shoulders before the man shook her and elbowed her in the ribs.
The victim managed to escape after kicking out in self-defence and her attacker ran away towards the Abbey Estate.
The suspect is described as a white man, of stocky build with spiky brown hair. He was wearing a dark bomber-style jacket, dark jeans or trousers and dark footwear. He is thought to have spoken with an eastern European accent.
The attack follows a similar incident on September 10 when a 16-year-old girl was indecently assaulted in the same stretch of woods at around 6.45pm.
Inspector Terry Lordan, local policing commander for Thetford, said: “I appeal to anyone who has information about these incidents to come forward and tell us. Crimes such as this are clearly very frightening for the victims, but I would like to reassure the public that these types of incident are very rare.
“However, I would take this opportunity to ask people to take extra care when out walking alone, to be aware of your surroundings and avoid isolated shortcuts. Thetford currently has one of the largest reductions in priority crime across the county and remains a very safe place to live. We will be committing extra patrols in and around these woods and will do all we can to catch those responsible.”
Anyone with information on the assaults should contact Thetford Police on 101.