Police granted extension to speak to man arrested in connection with rape in Sudbury

A police cordon was in place at the scene last week Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A police cordon was in place at the scene last week Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Police investigating the rape of a young woman in Sudbury last weekend have been granted an extension to continue to detain a 28-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident.

A police spokesperson said: “This morning, Monday 4 June, detectives made an application for a warrant of further detention at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court, where they were granted an additional 28 hours to question the suspect, which will expire tomorrow afternoon.”

Officers are also re-appealing for information from members of the public who may have information that may assist the investigation.

Police are keen to hear from anybody who may have dash-cam or mobile phone footage taken in the East Street, Waldingfield Road area of Sudbury between 2am on 6am on Monday 28 May.

The incident took place at around 3.30am on bank holiday Monday 28 May, off a path near to First Avenue and Second Avenue.

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The victim, aged 18, had been walking from the town centre along the B1115 Waldingfield Road, when she turned left onto a cycle path next to the bus stop directly opposite Wheelers Close.

This path runs towards Acton Lane, along the back of First Avenue and Second Avenue.

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It was as she approached an area of grassland between these roads that she suddenly heard footsteps behind her and was then grabbed by a man who subsequently raped her.

Police carried out checks in town at the weekend, six days after the attack which took place in the early hours of bank holiday Monday.

Between 2am and 6am teams of officers were out conducting checks in East Street, Waldingfield Road, First Avenue and Second Avenue.

A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape on Saturday 2 June. He was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre where he remains for questioning.

Police are also asking that anybody who witnessed anything suspicious at the time or who has any relevant information that may assist the investigation, to contact officers.

Calls should be made to the Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting reference 29056/18.

Alternatively you can contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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