New witnesses in Stonham attack case

POLICE were today trawling through fresh information received about an assault on a woman in Little Stonham after new witnesses came forward to help the enquiry.

POLICE were today trawling through fresh information received about an assault on a woman in Little Stonham after new witnesses came forward to help the enquiry.

A team of officers stopped vehicles as they travelled through the village a week after the woman was attacked.

Suffolk police today said that more than 100 people were spoken to as part of the anniversary checks carried out on the A140 between 10.30pm and 11.15pm yesterday.

A spokesman for the force said: “Last night around 90 vehicles were stopped in the area with over 100 people spoken to including drivers and passengers.


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“New witnesses have come forward and the exercise was very helpful for the investigation, which now continues.”

The 21-year-old woman was walking along the A140 at about 10:50pm on Wednesday, June 4 when a man pushed her from behind into the car park of the Baptist Church in the village.

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The man then pushed her against a wall, causing minor facial injuries. However she struggled free and the man fled out of the car park and headed off along the A140 toward Ipswich.

He had a stocky build and was 5ft 8in tall, with dark hair and was wearing dark clothing.

Detective Inspector David Rutterford, who is leading the investigation, said he hoped the anniversary checks would unearth witnesses with information crucial to the case.

“Anything they may have seen or heard, however insignificant they may feel it is, may greatly assist us,” he said.

Police today also issued a renewed appeal for information leading to two men who were eating, drinking and playing pool in the nearby pub, The Magpie, on the evening of the assault.

Det Insp Rutterford said: “These two men are not believed to have been involved in the incident, but they may be able to help us.”

The first man is described as white, in his mid 30s, with short mousy dark hair, and is around 5ft 7in tall. He had a circular tattoo on his left arm near to his wrist and was wearing a red and blue polo shirt, tracksuit bottoms and white trainers.

The second man is described as white, in his late 50s to 60s, with grey or white straggly hair, and around 5ft 5in tall. He was wearing glasses. It is thought both males spoke with a Lancashire accent.

Anyone with information should contact Suffolk Police on 01473 613500.

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