A few weeks ago we posted a release received by the police relating to an alledged attack in Raunds which stated that a man had been arrested and was on bail. The man that was arrested is now said to have been released due to a lack of evidence.
Natasha Cook has asked that we share her story regarding the attack.
It is important to note that this is not an official or confirmed statement of fact; it is only the message that was received by the person making the allegation. The man that was arrested has not been named and has not been found guilty of any crime
Natasha states: “I just want to make everyone in Raunds aware that he is still in Raunds and is a violent man who is likely to do this again. I want everyone to be cautious and not walk anywhere on their own, especially at night. Thank you”
Natashas full post:
“I wouldn’t normally post personal things on here, however, I believe everyone needs to be aware of how vile and twisted people can be, and why the police sometimes can’t prosecute someone despite them being guilty.
On 5th Feb in the early hours of the morning I was attacked. I was followed home and within 2 minutes of leaving my friend, I was attacked outside my house. I was pushed to the floor, dragged along the road by my hair, my head was smashed into the road and I was hit repeatedly in the head. I don’t know what he was trying to achieve but I managed to get away before he could do anything else.
I got concussion, whiplash and had cuts and bruises. I had post concussion syndrome and suffered from regular headaches, dizziness, nausea, reduced concentration and significant psychological effects. I constantly get flash backs and am terrified to even be in my own home. I missed an interview and a selection test for a psychology doctorate course as I was too scared to go out of my own house.
I know who this person was, and he was arrested and bailed for the last few weeks whilst the police gathered evidence. However, as there was no cctv footage of the actual attack and no witnesses, there is apparently not enough evidence to send it to court and he has been released.
There was cctv footage of before and after the incident and there is no doubt about the person who did it. The clarity of the cctv is not good enough to be used as evidence in court even though it proves the attacker is lying in his statement. It is so frustrating that the evidence needs to be of such a high threshold and even though I am certain, as are the police, who has done it they can’t press charges. I now have to live with this for the rest of my life, I don’t think that I will ever feel safe again, and he gets to live his life as normal with no repercussions.
I feel so let down by the criminal justice system and I now have to put my faith in karma.
I just want to thank everyone who has been there for me over the last few weeks, I wouldn’t have got through this without you.”