Woman raped at Melton railway station – CCTV footage of wanted motorcyclist released by police
PUBLISHED: 07:20 09 August 2016 | UPDATED: 07:20 09 August 2016
A community has been left in shock after a woman was raped on a railway station platform.
The victim was attacked at Melton railway station on Tuesday, July 19, British Transport Police (BTP) revealed for the first time yesterday.
The woman went into the station shortly before 10pm and sat down on a bench to wait for a train to Ipswich.
Shortly afterwards, a man arrived at the station. He confronted the victim on the platform and sexually assaulted her.
The attack took place on the platform, police confirmed.
The BTP has released CCTV footage to help identify a man seen arriving and leaving the railway station on a motorcycle. Detectives believe the man has “essential information” which could help their investigation.
Reacting to the news, Mick Melero, area manager of Deben Inns, which owns The Coach and Horses pub in Melton Road, Melton, said: “I am deeply shocked that something like that took place so close by.
“It is very quiet in Melton. It is a typical Suffolk village. You would never have thought something like that would happen here in a million years.
“It takes a lot (of courage to report such crimes) to be honest. In this modern day and age, you just don’t know what’s round the corner.
“I’d like to think that, Melton being such a small community, that someone knows something. I hope whoever did it is found and brought to justice.”
Geoff Holdcroft, a Woodbridge town councillor, said: “It is very shocking, very distressing and very worrying. I do hope it is a one-off incident.
“It’s so shocking because it is quite rare in what is normally a very low-crime area. My thoughts are with the woman and her family. It must be a very distressing period for everybody.”
Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson, of the BTP, said the incident was a “highly distressing ordeal” for the victim.
He said: “Thankfully sexual assaults such as these are very rare and we are working tirelessly to track the man who committed the crime and bring him to justice.”
The man in the CCTV footage is white, around six feet tall, and in his mid-to-late 20s. He is slim and had very short brown hair with a small amount of dark stubble.
He was wearing glasses and may have had pierced ears. He was carrying a plain white motorcycle helmet and wearing a black motorcycle jacket, blue jeans and black boots. He had a local accent with slow speech.
The man also had a very large bunch of Yale keys – around 15 to 20 – on a silver-coloured chain attached to his jeans.
Det Supt Richardson added: “I hope by releasing this footage we might be able to identify this man who we believe holds vital information. Likewise, we think this may jog the memory of anyone who may have been in the vicinity of Melton station that evening.”
To help police, call 0800 405040, quoting reference 188 of August 8. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.