Police hunt teen rapist

DETECTIVES have launched an investigation after an 18-year-old girl claimed she was raped in a Suffolk town.

Dave Gooderham

DETECTIVES have launched an investigation after an 18-year-old girl claimed she was raped in a Suffolk town.

A public footpath was yesterday cordoned off near Bury Rugby Club as scenes of crime officers hunted for clues following the alleged early morning attack.

And police have focused their appeal for information on two men - said to have been at Club Brazilia in the town before going to a party close to where the alleged attack took place.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said the teenager had said she had been raped sometime between 3.30am and 3.55am yesterday morning.

Officers have cordoned off an area along a public footpath, which leads from St Botolph's Lane past the rugby pitch, called No Man's Meadow.

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The spokesman said: “Inquiries are at an early stage. Officers would like to speak to two white males, who went to Club Brazilia in Bury and then went to a party in the St Botolph's Lane area, who may hold vital information about this incident.”

Paul Farmer, whose borough and town council ward covers the area, said he attended the scene yesterday and spoke with police officers about the incident.

He later told the EADT: “I was at first very concerned that it was a dead body and was really upset about it as I often walk along the footpath with my wife.

“To hear that it is an alleged rape is very shocking. It is such a violent awful crime and it is a shock that it has happened in my ward. It is not the first incident we have had around here in recent times.”

In October, a 57-year-old man was stabbed during an argument in the nearby Beech Rise after an argument erupted in the leafy town cul-de-sac.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Det Insp Dave Giles at Bury CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.