Man arrested following alleged rape in Stowmarket is released on bail

A man arrested by detectives investigating a serious sexual assault in Stowmarket has been released on bail.

The victim – a 19-year-old woman – reported to officers that she was raped at around 2am on Sunday, April 1, in the vicinity of the Recreation Ground.

She is being supported by specialist trained officers, as detectives have continued enquiries into the incident, including forensic and CCTV work.

Yesterday, Thursday, April 5, a 45-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of rape and taken to Bury St Edmunds Investigation Centre for questioning. He has been released on bail until Tuesday, May 1, pending further enquiries.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who was in the vicinity of the Recreation Ground between 1.30am and 2.30am on the morning of Sunday, April 1, and who may have any information relating to this incident to contact them.

Calls should be made to the West Safeguarding Unit at Bury St Edmunds Police Station on 101 quoting reference 17554/18. Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Members of the public are urged to remain vigilant when out at night, to plan your journey home and avoid going off alone.

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