Man arrested after attempted sex attack in Elveden

Police close London Road near Elveden after a sexual assault Byline: Sonya Duncan

Detectives have arrested a man in his 30s from Thetford as part of their investigation after the attempted sex attack in Elveden. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

A man has been arrested after the attempted sexual assault of a young woman in Elveden on Tuesday.

The assault happened at some point between 11am and noon on Tuesday, November 9 on London Road — known locally as the old A11.

The victim — a young woman — was out jogging along a footpath when she was approached by a man and hit on the head. The man attempted to pull down her leggings.

He then left the area.

The suspect is described as a white male with brown stubble. He was heard speaking with an English accent.

He was wearing a black puffer jacket and was seen with a bike.

The woman was found unconscious on the pavement by a member of the public and taken to hospital in an ambulance.

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She was treated for her injuries and later discharged, but continues to be supported by specially trained police officers.

The road remained closed until Thursday afternoon while forensics experts examined the scene. Officers have also  conducted door-to-door enquiries and collected CCTV as part of their investigation.

Suffolk and Norfolk police forces are working together on the investigation, and in their efforts to reassure the local community.

Yesterday (Friday, November 12) detectives arrested a man in his 30s from Thetford on suspicion of sexual assault.

He has been taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre and will be questioned by detectives investigating the incident.

However, police are still appealing for anyone who was in the London Road area at the time to come forward.

They are particularly keen to hear from anyone who was between the slip road junction with the A11 southbound and the Elveden Road junction — either walking or cycling between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday November 10 — or any drivers that passed through and have a dashcam fitted in their vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Suffolk Constabulary's Major Investigation Team, quoting reference: 37/63186/21.

Information can be given via the online portal here, or the force can be reached on 101, or Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.