'How I helped woman screaming rape on high street when no-one else stopped'

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A woman screaming ‘rape’ staggered barefoot along a high street for half a mile before she was helped by a resident.

The woman shouted for help repeatedly before finally a tenant responded and raised the alarm at around 3.30am on Sunday, Grimsby Live reports.

The attack came after another woman was raped while walking home in the town on March 10. 

Martin Fuller, who lives above a sweet shop in the high street, said he was awoken by screams.

He immediately rang 999 and offered to help the victim.

Martin said she became distressed when she feared she was being followed by one of a group of four men.

The area was cordoned off by officers from Humberside Police on Sunday

He said: “When I looked out, she was sat against the shutters of the shop. She was shouting ‘Help me, help me.’ She had no socks or shoes.

“She was screaming that one of them was coming up the street. I said I would throw her a hammer.

“There was a bloke in a tracksuit that walked past her and it looked as if he was offering to help her but he just carried on walking past.

“She crossed the road and sat down on the pavement below my flat. She asked if I would ring the police.  

“The police arrived quickly. I asked if she wanted a blanket but the police said I wasn’t to go near her in case any of my fibres ended up on her clothing.

“She said she had been taken to a house after leaving The Freeman Arms pub. She was wearing a watch and a gold bracelet, so she didn’t look as if she had been robbed.

“She still had her shoulder bag and a phone in it. It might have died and that’s why should couldn’t ring the police herself.

“She was wailing. She said four Polish men had taken her out of the pub and she was raped. It was distressing. I didn’t sleep all night thinking about it.”

The area where a rape took place between 12.20am and 1am on March 10

Another resident who was woken by the screams said: “You could hear her screaming for ages. Police arrived and there were two women officers with her for a while. then two male officers arrived. She looked under 30 years of age.

“The officers were talking to her for a while about what had happened. I heard her say they were foreigners.”

Detectives from Humberside Police are examining CCTV from the area.

The force issued a statement on Sunday, reporting that a woman had told officers she had been seriously sexually assaulted at a nearby location.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Calvert said: “We are in the very early stages of the investigation and the woman is receiving support from specially trained officers and assisting us with enquiries.

“I understand how concerning this will be to the local community and I want to offer my assurance we are treating this report as an immediate priority and conducting numerous lines of enquiry, including house-to-house and CCTV, to be able to ascertain the exact circumstance.

“As we are still in the early stages from when the report was received, we’re keeping an open mind as to whether the incident is linked or connected to any others, however we will be promptly progressing to establish all the facts and evidence.”

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