Investigation into Shakers Lane sex assault continues

Shakers Lane, Bury St Edmunds.

Shakers Lane, Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Gregg Brown

More 50 people were questioned in Bury St Edmunds yesterday as police continue to investigate the sexual assault of a 25-year-old woman.

An e-fit of the suspect.

An e-fit of the suspect. - Credit: Archant

Officers talked to people in the area of Shakers Lane and St Mary’s cemetery in a bid to gather information and trace possible witnesses - eight days after the attack happened.

The results from the evening will now be fed into the enquiry, as police work to trace the offender, who is described as being in his late teens, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 11ins tall, with dark brown hair and dark eyebrows and wearing dark tracksuit style clothing.

Detective Inspector Eamonn Bridger, who is leading the investigation said: “We are pleased with the response from the community and the team spoke to a number of people during the course of the evening. We will now review the information gathered to see if this moves the investigation any further forward.”

Police continue to appeal for three people to come forward who may have information. They are a man, described as white and in his 50s, who was walking a small black dog, that is believed to be called ‘Freddie’, close to the cemetery, and two male cyclists who passed the victim around the time she was with the offender.


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The sexual assault happened on the morning of May 11 in a wooded area off Shakers Lane.

The victim suffered a fractured wrist during the attack, and police believe the offender ran off, heading back towards the town centre.

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Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting crime number BU/15/1448 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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