Police explore 20-minute window for sexual assault

Detectives investigating a serious sexual assault have been able to piece together a more accurate timescale of the victim’s movements.

A woman in her 30s reported being sexually assaulted in Sudbury in the early hours of March 22, but could not remember what had happened.

She told officers she spent the previous evening in the town with a friend until they became separated while at Infinity nightclub in East Street.

After leaving the club, the victim has no recollection of the series of events that culminated in her waking up in a dishevelled state, with injuries to her body, in an area close to Brundon Lane at around 3am.

By reviewing CCTV footage, police have now been able to establish that the victim left the nightclub at around 2.05am.

She made her way to a taxi office in Gaol Lane, leaving alone at 2.40am – before walking off along Gaol Lane away from Market Hill.

Detective Inspector Kevin Hayward, from the joint Norfolk and Suffolk major investigation team, said: “Through CCTV, we now have a clearer understanding of timescales and the victim’s movements after leaving the club.

“We now have to establish where she went and with who after 2.40am.

“We are very keen to hear from anyone who was in the Gaol Lane/Brundon Lane area of Sudbury between 2.40am and 3am on Saturday, March 22, who saw the victim either on her own or with another person.

“It is unlikely that there would have been many people around at this time in the morning so, if you were there, we would ask you to call us so we can establish if it was our victim or not.”

After waking up, the woman asked for directions back to Sudbury at a nearby business and was given a lift to the East Street area by a man, who police have subsequently spoken to.

Searches of the area in Brundon Lane have been carried out by forensic specialists.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting SU/14/537, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.