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Police reveal all lines of enquiry ‘exhausted’ in Thorpe St Andrew rape appeal

PUBLISHED: 13:10 13 January 2018

Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew at junction with Thunder Lane, Thorpe St Andrew. PIC: Mustard

Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew at junction with Thunder Lane, Thorpe St Andrew. PIC: Mustard

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There will be no further investigations into the rape of a woman in Thorpe St Andrew after police revealed all lines of enquiry had been “exhausted”.

Two people walking along Yarmouth Road – possibly a couple – pictured walking near to the fish and chip shop towards Thorpe. Photo: Police Two people walking along Yarmouth Road – possibly a couple – pictured walking near to the fish and chip shop towards Thorpe. Photo: Police

It is now more than six months since detectives launched their initial probe after reports a 30-year-old woman was raped on Yarmouth Road as she walked home from the city.

The attack, which was said to have happened in an area between the Rushcutters pub and Thunder Lane junction sometime between 9.45pm and 10pm on July 1, prompted a major police appeal but despite extensive enquiries, no arrests have yet been made.

A Norfolk Police spokesman said: “Despite extensive house-to-house, CCTV and witness enquiries, no suspects have been identified.

“All lines of enquiry have been exhausted and no further investigations will be carried out unless new information comes to light.

Two people walking along Yarmouth Road – possibly a couple – pictured walking near to the fish and chip shop towards Thorpe. Photo: Police Two people walking along Yarmouth Road – possibly a couple – pictured walking near to the fish and chip shop towards Thorpe. Photo: Police

“The victim has been visited and updated.”

Following the incident, police issued appeals for motorists and people as well as businesses in the area to provide dash-cam or CCTV footage from the night of the rape.

Detectives have previously released CCTV footage of potential witnesses who could hold “significant information” about the rape and issued appeals for them to come forward.

The first image and footage shows a man wearing a baseball cap walking two dogs on a lead and holding what appears to be a Sainsbury’s carrier bag. He is walking in the direction of the city centre.

Two other images show what looks like a couple, walking and holding hands. They are pictured walking near to the fish and chip shop.

Following the attack the suspect was described as being white, aged between 30 and 50 years, of muscular build with short brown/ginger hair.

He was described as speaking with a deep Eastern European accent and was wearing dark clothing.

Anyone who recognises the people shown in the images is asked to contact the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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