Manhunt after King’s Lynn assault suspect skips bail

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A man is being hunted by police after failing to answer bail in connection with an incident in Lynn last month, in which a woman was seriously injured, officials have confirmed today.

The man, who has not been named, had been due to report to officers in the town last Wednesday, but failed to turn up as required under his bail conditions.

He was initially detained following an incident outside the Sainsbury’s store in the Vancouver Quarter on the afternoon of Easter Monday, April 6 in which a 67-year-old woman, Ann Banyard, was knocked to the ground.

It is believed he was being pursued by staff and security officers from the supermarket when the collision happened.

Mrs Banyard suffered a broken arm and had to undergo surgery at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital following the incident.

A Norfolk Police spokesman said on Wednesday: “We can confirm that a 28-year-old man arrested by police on suspicion of theft and assault outside the Sainsbury’s store in King’s Lynn did not return to King’s Lynn Police Investigation Centre on Wednesday 20 May as per the conditions of his bail.

“Officers in King’s Lynn are currently carrying out enquiries to try and trace him.”