Rape investigation update

AN investigation into the rape of an elderly grandmother in Great Yarmouth is continuing today with the detective leading the inquiry making a direct appeal for information.

AN investigation into the rape of an elderly grandmother in Great Yarmouth is continuing today with the detective leading the inquiry making a direct appeal for information.

The incident is believed to have happened between 3pm and 8.45pm on Easter Monday at the 87-year-old victim's home.

The offender is described as a white man, between 30 and 40 years old, of an untidy appearance and possibly wearing a hat.

A team of more than 20 detectives, from Yarmouth CID and Norfolk Constabulary's Major Investigation Team (MIT), has been engaged in a large number of enquiries over the past three days.

Det Insp Stuart Armes said: “This is an extremely delicate and sensitive investigation and we are painstakingly sifting through a range of forensic evidence and continuing to work closely with the victim.

“Clearly she has been left feeling extremely shocked and frightened by what has happened and we are doing everything possible to support her and her family through this ordeal.

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“I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to local people for information - we are keen to hear from anyone who has may have seen anyone suspicious in the area between Victoria Road and St Peter's Road and we would also like to hear from anyone who has any other information about what happened.”

A detailed forensic examination of the scene has been taking place over the last three days and crime scene investigators are likely to continue this work over the coming days to ensure no piece of evidence is left unexamined.

Specially-trained officers experienced in dealing with vulnerable victims and sexual offences have been engaged in supporting the victim and speaking with her to gather as much detailed information about the incident as possible.

DI Armes said: “We are taking this incident extremely seriously and a large number of police resources dedicated to it. We have already conducted a large number of house to house enquiries in the immediate area and are working with local uniform police officers to mount extra patrols to offer increased reassurance to local people.

“I would reiterate that offences like this one - where an elderly person is attacked in this manner in their own home - are extremely rare.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DI Armes or a member of his team at Great Yarmouth CID. Information should be passed to the Yarmouth CID incident room on 0845 456 4567 or can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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