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Sex attacker strikes at Suffolk school

PUBLISHED: 12:43 18 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 March 2010

DETECTIVES are today hunting a knife-wielding sex fiend who attacked a woman in a Suffolk primary school's classroom.

The brave woman fought off her attacker forcing him to flee after a struggle.

DETECTIVES are today hunting a knife-wielding sex fiend who attacked a woman in a Suffolk primary school's classroom.

The brave woman fought off her attacker forcing him to flee after a struggle.

The attack happened in Burton End County Primary School in Haverhill at around 6pm yesterday.

Police said the 52-year-old was closing classroom windows when she was grabbed from behind by the man and pulled to the floor.

He threatened her with a DIY knife before trying to pull her trousers down.

But he fled without assaulting her when she fought back, scratching and biting him.

Although she was not sexually assaulted, the victim has been left deeply traumatised and the police are treating the incident as an attempted rape.

Detective Chief Inspector Tim Beach from Suffolk Police said the attacker was now likely to have scratches and marks to their body.

He said: "The victim suffered injured ribs and was left deeply traumatised by the attack.

"She showed immense bravery in fighting off her attacker even when threatened with a knife.

"It is likely the would be sex attacker suffered scratch marks and bites, particularly to his face.

"I need to hear from anyone who knows of someone who has received scratches and marks to their body in the last 24 hours."

The attacker is a white man, in his 30's, about 5ft 10 ins tall with short dark, spiky hair. He was unshaven and wearing an off-white dirty top and grey jogging bottoms.

Anyone who recognises the man or who has any information about the incident should call Haverhill Police on 01284 774100 or Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111.


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