Police make checks one week after intruder sexually assaulted woman in her own home

DCI Barry Byford outside Lowestoft Police Station.Picture: Nick Butcher

DCI Barry Byford outside Lowestoft Police Station.Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Officers investigating the serious sexual assault of a female in Lowestoft have carried out checks in the town one week on from when the attack took place.

The attack happened shortly before 11.50pm last Thursday when an unknown male entered a property in the vicinity of Yarmouth Road and sexually assaulted the victim.

When disturbed, the male left and was witnessed heading in the direction of Hollingsworth Road.

A male was also witnessed looking in a window of another property in the same road at around 11pm.

Due to the attack occurring in the evening hours of last Thursday, detectives opted to conduct the checks last night between 10pm and 1am in the vicinity of Hollingsworth Road, where a total of 27 people were spoken to.

Detective Chief Inspector Barry Byford said: “I am extremely grateful to all the people who took the time to stop and speak to our officers conducting checks last night.

However, we are still appealing for anyone with information about this attack to contact us immediately in particular, anyone who may have dashcam, mobile phone or private CCTV footage that could assist the inquiry to contact police.

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“While the warm evenings continue, I would like to take the opportunity to urge the community of Lowestoft – and people of Suffolk as a whole – to be mindful of home security.

“Always close windows or be sure to use restrictors, make sure doors are locked and move garden furniture away from your property.”

Anyone with information about this attack or anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious, is asked to contact Suffolk police on 101 quoting reference 35765/18, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.