A woman was the victim of an alleged assault as she walked home from a night out in Haverhill.
The alleged attack happened on August 31 in Crowland Road in Haverhill.
A 19 year old woman had been walking along Crowland Road between 3am and 4am. She had been returning home after a night in the town centre with friends when she was approached by a man who assaulted her.
She was physically assaulted and lost consciousness for several minutes before getting to her feet. It is thought that she may have been sexually assaulted or raped. The woman’s friends, who had become separated from her throughout this time, found her.
A 31 year old man was arrested at his home address in the Haverhill area on Sunday, August 31 on suspicion of rape.
He was released on Tuesday, August 2, and will face no further action. Police are still investigating the incident.
Inspector Peter Ferrie of Haverhill Police said: “This is such an unusual offence in Haverhill. We’re still investigating the full circumstances and allegations.
“A male was arrested and bailed. It’s such a rare offence. We don’t get many stranger rapes in Haverhill at all.
“We’d advise anyone out at night to stay in a group where they can or get a taxi home if possible. Try to stay on in main, well-lit roads and avoid back streets.”
After the incident, the woman was seen by medical staff and specially trained officers at the county’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre. Police cordoned off a section of Crowland Road for forensic examination.
Investigating Officer, DI Nick Power, said: “At this stage, we have little information on this woman’s movements in the early hours of Sunday morning.
“We would like to hear from those people who know her and saw her in Haverhill on Saturday night or Sunday morning so that we can trace her steps and identify the people she met.
We are continuing to speak with her friends who had been walking to their homes with her.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting HH/14/1719, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.