Police urge residents to be cautious after woman is raped in Thorpe St Andrew

PUBLISHED: 16:50 05 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:14 05 July 2017

Thorpe Green at Thorpe St Andrew. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Thorpe Green at Thorpe St Andrew. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

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Detectives investigating the rape of a woman in Thorpe St Andrew have issued a CCTV plea to motorists, businesses and householders in the area.

Thorpe Green at Thorpe St Andrew. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Thorpe Green at Thorpe St Andrew. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

An investigation has been launched after reports a woman in her 30s was raped on Yarmouth Road, near to the junction with Thunder Lane.

The incident happened between 9.45pm and 10pm on Saturday (July 1) as the victim walked home from the city.

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She sat for a short while at the riverbank at River Green before continuing with her journey when the attack took place.

The victim was approached by a man who grabbed and pulled her backwards, causing her to fall on the ground injuring her hands, before she was raped.

Detective Inspector Neil Stewart, from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, who is leading the enquiry, said they had so far received a “steady stream of calls” about the incident.

But he has urged others to get in contact about the attack which happened in a busy area that would have still been light at the time of the attack.

He particularly wants to hear from those who have CCTV.

He said: “Its one of the arterial routes in and out of the city.

“People would’ve been coming and going in their cars.

“I’m particularly keen to appeal to people who might have dashcams and were in that area between 9.30pm and 10pm.

“If they have got footage I would urge them to contact us.”

Det Insp Stewart said CCTV was a key focus in the investigation which currently has 30 officers working on it.

He said: “One of my lines of inquiry is to scope the area for CCTV opportunities.

“That is ongoing and has been since Monday.

“But a lot of people do have their own personal systems. If anyone has got CCTV which they feel might be of use, please give us a call.”

And with the incident happening near to the Buck and Rushcutters pubs, a plea has also been made to people in the area who might have seen or heard something.

Det Insp Stewart said: “I think the weather was pretty good, it’s a nice area of the city it’s an area that has got pubs nearby so I’m confident some people would’ve been milling about in that general area.

“It was a nice evening and it may be that people were enjoying the weather and sitting outside.

“They might have seen something beforehand or if not the incident itself.”

The victim, who is still traumatised, is currently being supported by officers from the investigation team, specialists from the SARC and her family.

He urged anyone who thinks they might have seen something, or who has information, to get in touch.

The suspect, who ran off towards the city after the incident, is described as a white man wearing dark clothing.

He is thought to be about 5ft 8/9, of muscular build with short brown/ginger hair and aged between 30 and 45.

Det Insp Stewart said it is not thought the victim and offender were known to one another.

Extra patrols are being stepped up in the area to reassure people while women going out have been warned to be vigilant.

Det Insp Stewart said: “I would urge people, especially women, to be cautious when out and about at night. Patrols will be increased locally to provide reassurance to the community.”

Officers have been in the area today carrying out house to house enquiries and searches.

• Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information which could assist the enquiry should contact the Major Investigation Team on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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