Man faces no further action following Bury St Edmunds sex assault arrest

Shakers Lane, Bury St Edmunds.

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

A 21-year-old man from Bury St Edmunds who was arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a 25-year-old woman in the town will face no further action, police have said.

An e-fit image released by Suffolk police following a sexual assault in Bury St Edmunds.

An e-fit image released by Suffolk police following a sexual assault in Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Archant

The incident happened in a wooded area off Shakers Lane in Bury St Edmunds on at 10.30pm on Monday.

A police spokeswoman said the man will face no further action after enquiries cleared him of involvement in the attack.

Detectives have now re-issued the Efit of the suspect and are continuing to appeal for information.

Officers were called by a member of the public who had been approached in the street by a woman who said she had just been assaulted nearby on Shakers Lane.


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The woman was followed by a man along Mount Road End and forced into a wooded area, where a sexual assault took place.

She suffered a fractured wrist during the attack, and the offender ran off towards the Morton Hall area through the woods.

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The offender is described as being in his late teens, between 5’8” and 5’11” tall, with dark brown coloured hair and dark eyebrows, and was wearing dark tracksuit style clothing.

He spoke with the victim before the attack and stated he was from Romania. He is described as having an Eastern European accent.

Detectives now believe the man sought approached two other women in St Mary’s churchyard close to the Bury St Edmunds magistrates court, just before the attack.

Police have also determined that there were several people in the area around this time that may have information that can help.

These include a man, described as white and in his 50s, who was walking his dog close to the cemetery and two male cyclists who passed the victim around the time she was with the offender. Officers are asking these individuals to come forward as they may be able to help with enquiries.

Anyone who was in the area during the evening or anyone who recognises the Efit is asked to call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting crime number BU/15/1448. Calls can also be made anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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