Second man arrested in connection with alleged rape in Stowmarket

Detectives investigating a serious sexual assault in Stowmarket at the weekend have arrested a second person in connection with the attack.

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 afternoon, 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.

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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