Police carry out Brandon rape anniversary checks

Detectives investigating a rape in Brandon are releasing an e-fit likeness of a man they want to trace in connection with the attack.
Detectives investigating a rape in Brandon are releasing an e-fit likeness of a man they want to trace in connection with the attack.
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Detectives investigating a rape in Brandon last weekend have carried out anniversary checks in the area.

The attack took place at about 2am on Sunday (June 19) in an open space accessed via Knappers Way, adjacent to Glade Community Primary School and across a footpath from a play area.

Site where a woman was raped in Brandon last weekend

Site where a woman was raped in Brandon last weekend

Police believe the man responsible approached the area from the direction of Knappers Way where he encountered a woman - who had gone out for a walk – and raped her.

The victim is being supported by specialist trained officers as efforts to identify her attacker continue.

As well as forensic work and CCTV and house-to-house enquires, this has included releasing an E-fit likeness of a man police want to trace in connection with the attack.

He is described as white, aged in his 20s-30s, 5ft 6in tall, of stocky build, and is thought to have spoken with an eastern European accent.

He is also described as having a crooked nose - possibly consistent with it having been broken - and being either bald or with a shaved head.

Officers spoke to 15 people between 11pm last night (June 25) and 3am this morning (June 26) as they carried out checks one week on from the attack.

Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Millar, of the Major Investigation Team, said: “We continue to pursue a number of lines of enquiry as part of this investigation and are grateful to those people who spoke to officers in the early hours of this morning - along with local residents - for their assistance.

“I would again appeal to anyone who was in the area of the attack between the hours of 12am and 3am last Sunday, who has not already come forward, to contact us immediately.”

Police are reminding residents to be vigilant when going out at night, not to go into isolated areas alone and to always stay in groups.

Any witnesses, or anyone who believes they have any information about the attack, are asked to contact the Joint Norfolk & Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting reference 39638/16, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.