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Forty police officers join hunt for Norwich rapist

Forty police officers have joined the hunt for a rapist in Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Detectives investigating the assault and rape of a woman in Norwich are examining CCTV footage as "extensive enquiries" continue to catch the suspect.

The 25-year-old victim was walking home from the city centre on Sunday night (6 September) when the attack happened on Drayton Road, close to the junction with Aylsham Road, between 8pm and 9pm.

The woman was assaulted and raped; she suffered facial injuries of cuts, bruising and swelling and is being supported by specialist officers.

The suspect, believed to be aged in his mid-to-late 20s, left the scene and headed towards St Mary’s Road after being disturbed by a passer-by who came to the woman’s aid.

About 40 people are currently working on the enquiry examining and taking witness statements and searching through CCTV from the area near to where the incident happened and where the victim had been walking prior to the attack.

Detective Chief Inspector Tracey Little from Norfolk and Suffolk’s Joint Major Investigation Team, who is leading the investigation, said

" We’ve had a positive response to the public appeal so far and received a number of calls last night and these are being followed up today as part of our extensive enquiries.

We are appealing in particular for a male and a female in a white hatchback vehicle and also a male and female in a small red vehicle, who are believed to have passed the area at the time of the offence and may have seen something.

I would still urge people who use this area regularly as a route home or perhaps to work that may have seen something to make contact with us. The attack happened on the roadside so it is possible that people may have seen something but didn’t necessarily realise the significance of it on the night and I would encourage them to come forward.

– Det Chief Insp Tracey Little Norfolk and Suffolk Police
The area where a woman was attacked in Norwich on Sunday evening Credit: ITV News Anglia

The victim and offender are not believed to be known to one another and officers have been carrying out patrols in the area to offer reassurance to local residents.

Former Bedfordshire police officer jailed for sex assaults on young girl

Former police officer Steven Saxon has been jailed for sex offences against a young girl Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A former Bedfordshire police officer has been jailed for sexually assaulting a young girl.

Steven Saxon, from Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, was sentenced to four years in prison at Luton Crown Court today after being found guilty of seven counts of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13.

Saxon had denied the charges but was convicted by a majority verdict following a trial in July.

He was sentenced to four years for each offence, which took place between 2010 and 2012, to run concurrently. Saxon will also be placed on the Sex Offenders register for life.

Detective Constable Ian Clarke, who investigated the case said

“This repulsive behaviour was terrifying for an innocent young girl and something she sadly had to endure on more than one occasion. We are pleased the severity of this offence has been recognised and he has been jailed for his actions.

Child safety is paramount and any abuse against children will not be tolerated. We are dedicated to tackle abuse of any kind and bring offenders to justice.”

– Ian Clarke, Bedfordshire Police

Saxon had served as a Bedfordshire Police officer until 2003, before joining the Metropolitan Police for six years.


Man charged with murdering woman in Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire Police have charged a man with murdering a woman in St Neots in Cambridgeshire.

The woman was found dead at a house in Curlew Place Credit: ITV News Anglia

They were called to a house on Curlew Place on Saturday night and found the body of a woman in her thirties. 40-year-old Timothy Allen, from Curlew Place is due in front of magistrates in Peterborough this morning.

Police crack-down on speeding drivers

The region's police forces will be out in marked and unmarked cars from this morning in a week-long crack down on speeding drivers.

Road policing officers will be doing extra speed checks from the 17th to the 23rd of August as part of a national enforcement campaign. In the last UK-wide 'TIPSOL' campaign in April, officers caught 39,231 people breaking the limit.

"I would urge anyone to drive within the lawful speed limits. However, I would like to point out that it is not always appropriate to drive at the speed limit depending on the road conditions... The limit is not a target."

– Inspector Mark Rogers, Cambridgeshire Police

Police facts on speeding:

  • It is estimated that speeding contributes to as many as one third of all crashes resulting in death.
  • In 2013, across Europe, 3,064 people were killed or seriously injured in crashes where speed was a factor.
  • The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph compared to at 30mph.

Man charged over driving offences

A man has been charged with harassment and motoring offences after being arrested by Thames Valley Police.

Michael Mundy is accused of harassment, dangerous driving and driving without insurance. The 29-year-old from Hatton in Milton Keynes is due to appear at the town's Magistrates' Court on the 26th of August.


Man held after Ipswich attack

A 34-year-old man from Ipswich has been arrested after another man was left in a critical condition following an attack in Ipswich last night.

The victim who is 36 suffered head injuries in the incident which happened at Wellington Court. He's now being treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. His alleged attacker is being held on suspicion of assault and GBH with intent.

Policeman says viral hit is "nothing out of the ordinary"

We often hear people bemoaning the absence of Bobbies on the beat, but here's some proof that it's not all bad. PC Chris Stevens was on patrol in Kingsthorpe, in Northampton, when he spotted a man struggling home with heavy shopping - having caught the wrong bus. As PC Chris helped walk him home, a passer by took a picture and shared it on social media.

PC Chris walked the man home after he caught the wrong bus Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Since the photo was posted online, it's been seen a staggering 13 million times and it's got almost half a million likes on the police's Facebook page. But, PC Chris told us he was just doing what anybody else would have done.

PC Chris is so happy to help, that he even carried our reporter's tripod after chatting to us earlier.

Happy to help: PC Chris Stevens carrying our reporter, Sarah Cooper's, tripod Credit: ITV News Anglia

Picture of policeman helping elderly man home goes viral

A photo of a Northamptonshire police officer helping an elderly man with his shopping has got more than 400,000 likes and more than 42,000 shares on Facebook.

PC Chris Stevens Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A passerby took the picture. It's of PC Chris Stevens who stopped to help an elderly man who was struggling to get home.

“His wife looked a bit shocked when she opened the door and I was there with him, but he was fine.

– PC Stevens

"It's nice that the police are getting recognition for doing good things, but it's nothing more than any of my colleagues would have done. These things happen on a daily basis up and down the country."

– PC Stevens

Man who kidnapped pensioner sent to jail

A Luton man has been jailed for kidnapping a pensioner, and driving him to a cashpoint. 51-year-old Leslie DeRoses, of Dunstable Road, broke into the victim's house in Luton on the 14th of March. He then forced the victim to drive to cashpoints at nearby Parkway Station and Santander in George Street, to try to get him to withdraw cash.

51-year-old Leslie DeRoses Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Mr DeRoses pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, one count of robbery, and one count of kidnap at Luton Crown Court. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.

“This was a horrific and despicable crime and we’re delighted with the sentence that DeRoses has received. He preyed on a vulnerable, elderly person, putting him through a terrifying ordeal. We’re really grateful to the people who came forward following our appeal."

– Detective Constable Alan Boxall - Bedfordshire Police
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