Police renew appeal in rape investigation after 100 calls from public

An e-fit image of the man sought by police in connection with a rape at Great Ryburgh. 

An e-fit image of the man sought by police in connection with a rape at Great Ryburgh. - Credit: Norfolk Police

An e-fit issued in the hunt for a man who raped a teenage girl in a Norfolk village has prompted 100 calls from the public.

Norfolk police are renewing their appeal for anyone with information to come forward and help in the hunt for the attacker after the incident in Great Ryburgh.

An e-fit was released to help track down the unknown man, who attacked the girl at around 3pm on February 28 in an area of disused rail track off Mill Road.

The previous appeal resulted in 100 calls from the public, with 57 relating specifically to the e-fit.

The area near a disused railway in Mill Road in Great Ryburgh where a teenage girl was raped in Febr

The area near a disused railway in Mill Road in Great Ryburgh where a teenage girl was raped in February 2021. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

The e-fit depicts a white man aged roughly in his 50s with balding grey hair and a moustache, who is believed to be around 6ft tall.

Phill Gray, detective chief inspector on the major investigation team said: "Despite a significant response from the public, a number of enquiries, including forensics, are still being carried out and we are yet to trace the suspect.

"The joint Norfolk and Suffolk major investigation team continue to work alongside local officers, a number of whom have been conducting house to house enquiries within the past week, speaking with residents in the local area.

DCI Phill Gray who is leading the investigation into the rape of a teenage girl in the area of a dis

DCI Phill Gray who is leading the investigation into the rape of a teenage girl in the area of a disused railway on Mill Road in Great Ryburgh. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

"Our appeal for witnesses or any information is ongoing and we would urge anyone who may have been in or around the area of Great Ryburgh before or after the attack, to come forward.

“We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may recognise the man in the e-fit."

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Barley Wilson, a committee member on Ryburgh Village Amenity Group says the village has been rocked by the incident.

Great Ryburgh where a teenage girl was raped in February 2021 in the area of Mill Road by a disused

Great Ryburgh where a teenage girl was raped in February 2021 in the area of Mill Road by a disused railway. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

“I have lived here for 13 years and nothing like this has happened as long as I've been here,” she said.

“It has been a huge shock to the village, some people I know have said they won’t be going for a walk in that area, and I know others have told their teenagers to stay at home.

“Women feel anxious and unsafe.

“It has affected the whole community, we are very close and we look out for each other.

"Everyone feels very affected by it.”

Anyone with information should submit this through the public portal. This enables members of the public to submit information directly to the major investigation team, with an option to remain anonymous. You can access the portal here.

Alternatively, contact the major investigation team through the dedicated phone line on 0800 056 0944.

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