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Police warn against 'vigilantism' after fifth teen arrested over flour and eggs attack on woman in Bury St Edmunds




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Police have warned against 'vigilantism' after a fifth teenager was arrested in connection with an assault in which a woman was pelted with flour and eggs in Bury St Edmunds.

The incident was at about 5.30pm on Friday, July 27 in St Olaves Road on the Howard estate and followed a row.

Police said the woman, aged in her 40s, was 'severely distressed by the incident but was physically unharmed'.

Social media users should remember that sharing names and images, which may later form part of a criminal investigation, can disrupt or jeopardise the case - Acting Detective Superintendent Barry Byford

A 15-year-old boy was arrested yesterday afternoon (Sunday, July 29) on suspicion of common assault.

He was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning and later released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The boy must return to police custody in mid-August.

It follows the arrests of two 17-year-olds and two 15-year-olds in connection with the incident, all on suspicion of common assault.

All four have been released on police bail pending further enquiries and will answer police bail in mid-August.

A sixth boy – a 16-year-old – was also questioned under caution. The boy remains under investigation.

The assault sparked outrage on social media after a picture of the alleged attack was published online.

Acting Detective Superintendent Barry Byford said: "This is a live investigation and we do not support vigilantism in any way, shape or form.

"Social media users should remember that sharing names and images, which may later form part of a criminal investigation, can disrupt or jeopardise the case.

"We are satisfied that we have spoken to everyone involved with the incident and we are continuing to support the victim."