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Man arrested in connection with rape of teenager in Sudbury

The path is Sudbury where the alleged attack took place Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been arrested in connection with the rape of a young woman in Sudbury over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The 18 year old victim was attacked at around 3.30am on Monday 28 May, off a path near to First Avenue and Second Avenue.

She'd been walking from the town centre along the B1115 Waldingfield Road, when she turned left onto a cycle path next to the bus stop. As she was on the path she heard footsteps behind her and was then grabbed by a man who subsequently raped her.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Meanwhile police have been carrying out early morning checks in the town. Between 2am and 6am today (Sunday 3 June) teams of officers were out conducting checks in East Street, Waldingfield Road, First Avenue and Second Avenue. It comes after they spent the last week carrying out house to house enquiries and reviewing CCTV footage in the town.

Detectives have now arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of rape in connection with this incident. He's being questioned at Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre.

I am grateful to all those members of the public who took the time to stop and speak to our officers in the early hours of this morning for their assistance with this investigation.

We continue to pursue a number of lines of enquiry and are currently questioning an individual in relation to this incident. However, members of the public should remain vigilant when out in the early hours of the morning and should avoid walking alone.

I would appeal again for anyone with information about this attack to contact us immediately, especially if you saw anything suspicious whilst in East Street, Waldingfield Road, or along the cycle path behind First Avenue and Second Avenue, between 2am and 6am on Monday 28 May.

– Detective Superintendent Marina Ericson