Appeal after Bury St Edmunds serious sexual assault

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious sexual assault in Bury St Edmunds.

The incident took place on Sunday 24 October at some point between 2:15am and 3:30am in the area of Merchant Avenue.

The victim – a young woman – has since been receiving support from specially trained officers and police have been speaking with her to establish the clear circumstances of the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Holly Evans said: “Officers are currently progressing a number of lines of enquiry and we are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to get in touch.

“We’ve carried out a number of enquiries including house to house, examining CCTV and are continuing to progress forensic opportunities.”

A 30-year-old man from the town was arrested in connection with the incident on Tuesday, 26 October, and taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning. He has since been released on bail pending further enquiries to answer on 23 November 2021.

Officers are keen to speak to any witnesses who may have heard or seen anything suspicious or any motorists who may have dash-cam footage of suspicious activity.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Safeguarding Investigation Unit in Ipswich, quoting crime reference: 37/59601/21.