Police release e-fit of rape suspect

POLICE have released an e-fit likeness of a man they want to trace following the rape and abduction of a female from a supermarket car park in Brandon on Saturday June 14.

POLICE have released an e-fit likeness of a man they want to trace following the knifepoint abduction and rape of a woman from a supermarket car park in Brandon on Saturday.

The 21-year-old victim was in the car park at Tesco's on London Road at about 2.15pm on Saturday, when she was called over by a male asking for help with heavy bags.

While helping him load a blue holdall into a 4x4 vehicle, she was threatened with a knife, pushed inside and ordered to lie down.

The woman was then driven to a remote location about 20 minutes away, where she was raped, before being returned to Wimbledon Avenue in Brandon later that afternoon.

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The suspect is described as white, in his late 50s or early 60s, around 5 ft 3 ins, of medium build with a pot belly.

He has bushy white/grey sideburns, with heavy grey facial hair and a ruddy complexion. He was wearing a red woolly hat, red fleece, black tracksuit bottoms, trainers and glasses. He was generally dirty and smoked roll ups.

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The car is described as an older style dark coloured 4x4 with front seats only, a row of four blue spotlights on a bull bar at the front and a rear door rather than a boot.

It is believed the car was in Tesco's car park when the female arrived to go shopping.

Detective Chief Inspector David Cutler, leading the investigation, said: “I am hoping this e-fit likeness will assist the investigation and jog people's memories.

“We need to speak to this man as a matter of urgency. I would ask anyone who knows him or his whereabouts to contact the incident room immediately.

“The man who subjected the victim to such a horrendous ordeal was audacious enough to abduct her in broad daylight and was not afraid to use threats and a knife to control her.

“A dedicated group of officers from Suffolk Police's Major Investigation Team continues to work on a number of lines of enquiry, including several from calls and e-mails to the incident room.

“Anyone with any information about the offender, his vehicle or the location he took the victim to is urged to get in touch.”

The incident room can be contacted on 01473 613824 or by e-mail at incident.room@suffolk.pnn.police.uk .

Calls can also be made to Suffolk Police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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