Police receive ‘some contact’ from public after Melton rail station rape appeal

Melton train station, Suffolk.

Melton train station, Suffolk. - Credit: Archant

Police investigating a rape at a railway station in Suffolk have received “some contact” from the public after launching a public appeal this week.

The victim was attacked on the platform at Melton railway station on Tuesday, July 19, British Transport Police (BTP) said on Monday.

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.

A BTP spokesman said on Thursday: “Officers have received some contact from the public but they continue to encourage anyone who might have any information to contact them on the details we provided.”

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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.

To help police, call 0800 405040, quoting reference 188 of August 8. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.