Disabled woman attacked

A DISABLED woman has told how she feared she would be raped when a robber knocked her off crutches and pushed her into brambles.

A DISABLED woman has told how she feared she would be raped when a robber knocked her off crutches and pushed her into brambles.

The attack saw the robber run off with a £3,000-plus haul of valuables while the 54-year-old mother lay in a bed of brambles wondering if she would be attacked again.

The victim stumbled home as darkness began to fall and her husband called the police.

The callous attack occurred in woodland off Eagle Way, on Martlesham Heath, at about 9pm on June 18.


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The woman, who has declined to be named, said: “I lay face down in the brambles and thought he was going to rape me. I have never been so frightened in all my life.

“I thought he had a knife but my biggest fear after that was that I was going to be raped. I want to say to everybody, do not go in those woods alone.”

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The attack occurred after the woman had celebrated her birthday with family in the Midlands and she had returned with her husband to their home near Woodbridge.

The woman is unable to work due to a bad back and, after a long journey, she decided to take the family dog for a walk while her husband unpacked the car.

She wanted to listen to her iPod for the first time on a walk and she picked up a large pink canvas zipped bag which contained it along with valuables including birthday presents, a digital camera, mobile phone and jewellery including an expensive diamond engagement ring.

The woman said: “I went for a walk and I phoned my mother to say we were home safe. Then a jogger ran past in Birch Grove in a dark blue vest and shirt. He did not speak to me and I said to him, 'gosh, you made me jump.'

“Then I put the iPod on and carried on walking the dog. The path divides in two and I saw someone coming towards me on the outside path and I thought I would go on the inside path.

“Then someone came up from behind and knocked away a crutch. This immediately knocked me off balance and he pushed me and I went head first into the brambles. Each time I moved I got cut further.”

She said that she heard someone shouting the words “come on, that's enough, it is time to go” and she heard laughing.

Suffolk police said the bag was later discovered empty and anyone with information is asked to call Det-con Christopher Hutson at Woodbridge CID on 01473 613500.

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