December 6 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 16, 2013
Police chiefs in Norfolk have today backed a campaign to find the knifeman who savagely attacked a woman in Norwich 13 years ago and have urged members of the public to do what they can to help catch the culprit.
The EDP together with Norfolk police yesterday launched a new appeal for information on what was the anniversary of the vicious attack on Julie Cooper as she walked back to work along Europa Way – a footpath and cyclepath close to the busy Martineau Lane – after having had her lunch at home.
Mrs Cooper, then 28, suffered serious facial bone breaks, including to her upper and lower jaws, in the attack which happened in broad daylight between 1.05pm and 1.15pm on August 15, 2000 and required 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 sister titles – working together with police to help crack serious unsolved cases, will prove a success.
Charlie Hall, Norfolk Constabulary’s temporary deputy chief constable, said: “Instances of serious violence of this nature are very rare in Norfolk, and it is even rarer that they go unsolved.
“I can personally recall this case from August 2000 and the considerable impact it had on the Constabulary, community and of course Julie herself.
“There was an absolute determination amongst all officers on the enquiry and throughout the Constabulary as a whole to bring her attacker to justice. That determination remains just as strong today, but we do need that little bit of help from someone who can provide that piece of information to unlock this investigation.
“I am really hopeful this campaign and support of the community will finally do that and lead to justice for Julie.”
That message has been mirrored by Stephen Bett, Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner, who is hoping the fresh appeal, which has also been supported by Mrs Cooper, might yet help her and her family get the justice she is seeking.
He said: “I fully support the constabulary’s work on unsolved cases and the campaign to bring them back to the public’s attention.
“Even though this horrific attack happened over a decade ago, this feature could be the thing to jog a memory or persuade someone to come forward with a key piece of information that then leads detectives to the attacker and brings justice for Julie Cooper and closure for her family.”
Anyone with information about the crime should call police on 101.