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Sex attack - police checks one week on

PUBLISHED: 09:57 01 February 2002 | UPDATED: 15:25 03 March 2010

CCTV cameras could have helped to catch a sex attacker who struck in a busy Woodbridge car park, police have claimed.

One week after a woman was indecently assaulted in the Oak Lane car park Suffolk police were on the scene trying to jog people's memories about the incident.

CCTV cameras could have helped to catch a sex attacker who struck in a busy Woodbridge car park, police have claimed.

One week after a woman was indecently assaulted in the Oak Lane car park Suffolk police were on the scene trying to jog people's memories about the incident.

The middle-aged victim was attacked at around 4.15pm last Thursday as she bought a parking ticket from a machine at the top end of the car park.

The grey-haired attacker, who was aged around 60, was reported to have run away from the scene and along New Street following the attack.

Yesterday Woodbridge policeman Pc Melvyn Shelcot and community policeman Robin Pivett returned to the spot to try and find more information about the attack.

Pc Pivett said that he believes had CCTV cameras been installed it may have prevented the attack or at least offered a lead as the attacker may have been caught on camera making his escape.

Traders in Woodbridge have petitioned for CCTV cameras to be installed following a spate of vandalism but the town council has said that they do not want them.

Pc Pivett said: "If we had had CCTV, if it did not stop the attack we may have had some good pictures of the man running away.

"We wanted them to be installed in vulnerable spots like car parks."

Police believe that at the time the attack happened, which was around 4.15pm there would have been plenty of people passing the spot.

The entrance is close to a busy stretch of The Thoroughfare, near to Woolworths.

The attacker is described as white and around five feet eight inches tall with silvery grey coloured hair that is receding on top.

He was wearing slim fitting grey trousers and a burgundy bomber jacket in shiny material that was zipped up the front. He had a long face and spoke with a Suffolk accent.

Pc Shelcot who is investigating the case urged anyone with any information to come forward.

He said: "The victim is still very traumatised by the incident.

"The attack is being taken extremely seriously and if someone has suffered a similar attack and not reported we need them to come forward too.

"Someone may have seen the incident and not realised what was happening or even seen the man running from the car park."

Anyone with information should call Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

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