Investigation Launched After Woman Is Raped

4 July 2017, 17:14

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Detectives have launched an investigation after a woman was raped in Thorpe St Andrew on Saturday night.

It happened on Yarmouth Road, near to the junction with Thunder Lane, between 9.45pm and 10pm, as the victim, a woman in her 30s, walked from home the city.

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.

The suspect, described as a white man wearing dark clothing, fled the scene running towards the city centre.

Detective Inspector Neil Stewart, from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, who is leading the enquiry, urged anyone who witnessed the attack to come forward.

He said: "The victim was walking home alone and sat for a short while at the riverbank at River Green before continuing with her journey.

"This is when the attack has taken place and I would be keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area on Saturday night - either on foot or in a vehicle - to come forward. Similarly, anyone driving in the area who has a dash cam or residents with private CCTV are encouraged to come forward.

"The suspect ran off towards the city and we would like to speak with anyone who may have seen a man described as white, about 5ft 8/9, of muscular build with short brown/ginger hair in the Yarmouth Road area to again come forward. He is thought to be aged between 30 and 45.

"At this stage we don't believe the victim and offender were known to one another and while incidents of this nature are extremely rare, 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.