Five teens have been arrested following an attack in Suffolk with flour and eggs against a woman in her 40’s
The teens went viral after posting a picture with the woman covered in flour and eggs
A sixth teen has been questioned and is still under investigation
Suffolk Constabulary have asked residents to not encourage vigilantism
Five teens have been arrested, and a sixth remains under investigation following an assault on a woman in Suffolk, England that caused outrage after an image of the attack went viral.
The victim is a woman in her 40’s whose name has not been released. The woman was reportedly “severely distressed” but suffered no physical injuries. The group of teens threw flour and eggs all over her in St Olaves Road then took a picture. The picture later went viral on social media, which was followed by a large demand for justice.
On Friday, a 15-year-old was arrested on suspicion of common assault in regards to the attack that happened around 5:30 pm on Friday in Bury St Edmunds. The teen was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre where he was later released on bail. He is expected to return to police custody mid-August.
Two 17-year-olds and two other 15-year-olds have been arrested as well. The other four teens were charged with suspicion of common assault as well. All four have been released on bail and will return to police custody in mid-August. A sixth boy was “questioned under caution”. The 16-year-old is said to remain under investigation.
Following the arrests, Suffolk Constabulary now have a new concern with vigilante citizens. Suffolk Constabulary has requested social media users to allow the legal system to take over from here. Those outraged by the crime have been spreading the teen’s names and pictures on social media, raising concerns that someone may try to take justice into his or her own hands.
Social media users should remember that sharing names and images, which may later form part of a criminal investigation, can disrupt or jeopardize the case.
We are satisfied that we have spoken to everyone involved with the incident and we are continuing to support the victim.