Free alarms for women after rape in town

WOMEN in a Suffolk town will be given free personal attack alarms after a 21-year-old was abducted from a supermarket car park and raped at knifepoint.

Laurence Cawley

WOMEN in a Suffolk town will be given free personal attack alarms after a 21-year-old was abducted from a supermarket car park and raped at knifepoint.

Officers will tomorrow set up camp at a special police pod in the Tesco car park in London Road, Brandon, after a woman was abducted there on Saturday at 2.15pm.

The 21-year-old woman had been called over by a male at the car park asking for help with heavy bags. She helped him load a blue holdall into a 4x4 vehicle - at this point she was threatened with a knife and pushed inside, and ordered to lie down.

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Her abductor then drove her to a remote location about 20 minutes away where he subjected her to a serious sexual assault, before returning her to Wimbledon Avenue in Brandon later that afternoon.

He is described as white, in his late 50s or early 60s, around 5ft 3in tall, of medium build with a pot belly. He had bushy white/grey sideburns, with heavy grey facial hair and a ruddy complexion. He was wearing a red woolly hat, a red fleece, black tracksuit bottoms, trainers and glasses. He was described as generally dirty and smoked roll ups.

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The car is described as a dirty, older style dark grey 4x4 with front seats only, a row of four blue spotlights on a bull bar at the front, and a rear door rather than a boot. It is believed the car was in Tesco's car park when the female arrived to go shopping.

Police at the pod will be on hand to give advice, give out free personal attack alarms and take any information the public might have about the incident. The pod will be staffed from 9am until 5pm from Thursday until Saturday.

Mildenhall Neighbourhood Inspector Kim Warner said: “This incident has affected the whole community and the pod allows members of the public to come and speak to officers about their concerns. If anyone has any information about the offender, his car, the remote location the victim was taken to or anything else which may be of importance to the investigation, they are also encouraged to visit the pod.”

The alarms will also be available from Forest Heath District Council's cash offices in Brandon and Newmarket, their main office in Mildenhall and from Mildenhall Bus Station.

Additional officers have been on patrol in Brandon since the incident happened, and an increased high-visibility presence will continue in the town.

Anybody with information should contact the incident room on 01473 613824 or by e-mail at . Calls can also be made to Suffolk Police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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