Community speak of “shock” at news of alleged rape in Newmarket this morning
PUBLISHED: 13:37 26 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:50 26 March 2017
Police have cordoned off an area in Newmarket after they received a report of rape in the town in the early hours of this morning.
The female victim is currently with specialist officers, and a scene remains in place at Fred Archer Way between Wellington Street and Exeter Road while enquiries continue.
The area between Market Square and Exeter Road is known locally as Yellow Brick Road and is near the Guineas shopping centre.
An 18-year-old man from Newmarket has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently at Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre where he will be interviewed by officers.
People in the area spoke of their shock that such a crime could have been committed there.
A taxi driver, who has lived in the area for 23 years, said: “It’s the first one I have ever heard of in the whole time I have lived here.”
He said the cordoned off area is a horse walk that links through to the Gallops and is also used by people as a cut-through to housing areas.
A 29-year-old woman, who lives nearby and uses the route, said: “I am shocked. That’s terrible. I always use that path to be honest, but my friend said it was closed off.”
Patricia Argent, 71, was visiting from Bury St Edmunds. She said the alleged incident was very “shocking” for those involved and the wider community.
She added her thoughts are with the victim.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 53.