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Man arrested on suspicion of attempted rape after serious sexual assault in Bury St Edmunds' Nowton Park



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A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted rape in connection with a serious sexual assault at a Bury St Edmunds park.

A woman, in her 40s, had arranged to meet a man for the first time at Nowton Park yesterday.

While in the park at some point between 7pm and 8pm, the man sexually assaulted her.

The incident was in Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds
The incident was in Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds

The victim is being supported by specially trained police officers.

This morning officers arrested a man, in his 40s, in the London area on suspicion of attempted rape.

He is in custody for questioning.

Detectives would like to hear from any witnesses who were in the vicinity of Nowton Park between 7pm and 8pm and who may have seen anything that may help the investigation.

Officers are also keen to speak to a female with shoulder length blonde hair who was walking her spaniel – white with a brown shoulder patch - in the area and who may have seen the incident.

Inquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the West Safeguarding Investigation Unit, quoting reference 37/33064/22.