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Police carry out early morning checks in town where 18-year-old woman was raped

PUBLISHED: 13:50 03 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:21 03 June 2018

Police investigate the scene of a serious sexual assault on an area of grassland between First and Second Avenue in Sudbury  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Police investigate the scene of a serious sexual assault on an area of grassland between First and Second Avenue in Sudbury Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Officers investigating a horrific Suffolk rape in which a young woman thought she was going to die have carried out checks in the area.

Suffolk police spoke to people in Sudbury early this morning, six days after the attack took place in the town.

The 18-year-old victim had been waling from the town centre along the B115 Waldingifled Road, when she turned left into a cycle path next to the bus stop opposite Wheelers Close.

The path runs towards Acton Lane, along the rear of First Avenue and Second Avenue, which is where she was approached in an area of grassland at around 3am on Monday, May 28.

She suddenly heard footsteps behind her and was grabbed by a man who then raped her.

As the attack occurring in the early hours of a Bank Holiday Monday, when the town centre was busier with bars and clubs open later than ordinarily would be on a Sunday night into Monday morning, detectives chose to conduct the checks - which would usually take place one week after an incident occurred – in the early hours of this morning.

Teams of officers conducting checks in East Street, Waldingfield Road, First Avenue and Second Avenue between 2-6am.

A 28-year-old man on suspicion of rape yesterday afternoon was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre where he remains for questioning.

Det Supt Marina Ericson, of the Major Investigation Team, said: “I am grateful to all those members of the public who took the time to stop and speak to our officers in the early hours of this morning for their assistance with this investigation.

“We continue to pursue a number of lines of enquiry and are currently questioning an individual in relation to this incident. However, members of the public should remain vigilant when out in the early hours of the morning and should avoid walking alone.

“I would appeal again for anyone with information about this attack to contact us immediately, especially if you saw anything suspicious whilst in East Street, Waldingfield Road, or along the cycle path behind First Avenue and Second Avenue, between 2am and 6am on Monday 28 May.

Calls should be made to the Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting reference 29056/18. Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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