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Thorpe St Andrew rape: Police believe potential witnesses could have been caught on CCTV

PUBLISHED: 12:51 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:02 12 July 2017

Police investigating the rape of a 30-year-old woman in Thorpe St Andrew have released these images of potential witnesses to the crime. Pic: Norfolk police.

Police investigating the rape of a 30-year-old woman in Thorpe St Andrew have released these images of potential witnesses to the crime. Pic: Norfolk police.

Norfolk Constabulary

Police have released CCTV footage of potential witnesses who could hold “significant information” about the rape of a woman in Thorpe St Andrew.

Police investigating the rape of a 30-year-old woman in Thorpe St Andrew have released these images of potential witnesses to the crime. Pic: Norfolk police. Police investigating the rape of a 30-year-old woman in Thorpe St Andrew have released these images of potential witnesses to the crime. Pic: Norfolk police.

Detectives investigating the attack on Yarmouth Road have released CCTV images and moving footage of people they are keen to trace who were walking in the area on the night.

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.

The incident happened between 9.45pm and 10pm on Yarmouth Road between the Rushcutters pub and near the junction of Thunder Lane.

Police investigating the rape of a 30-year-old woman in Thorpe St Andrew have released these images of potential witnesses to the crime. Pic: Norfolk police. Police investigating the rape of a 30-year-old woman in Thorpe St Andrew have released these images of potential witnesses to the crime. Pic: Norfolk police.

Detective Inspector Neil Stewart, from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, who is leading the enquiry, urged the potential witnesses in the images to come forward.

He said: “Examining CCTV has been a key line of enquiry from the outset and as a result of our enquiries, we have identified three witnesses who we are keen to speak with.

“I believe these people could hold significant information in relation to this attack and I would urge anyone who recognises themselves or someone they know, to come forward.

“The victim is continuing to come to terms with what has happened to her and is receiving specialist support.

“We are following a number of lines of enquiry and will carry out a thorough investigation in a bid to catch the person responsible.”

Police have 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.

Meanwhile on Saturday (July 8) officers spoke to more than 40 people in Thorpe St Andrew as part of week-on anniversary checks being carried out by police.

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.

Have you got a crime story? Email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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