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Ipswich rape update

Update – 5 March 2014

Police are progressing their enquiries after a 27-year-old woman reported being raped in Ipswich on Monday evening.

Last night, Tuesday 4 March, officers spoke to around 180 people during anniversary checks in the Cromer Road area but police are continuing to ask anyone who was in the area around 8.30pm on Monday 3 to come forward – even if you think you didn’t see anything of use.

The 27-year-old contacted police around 10.40pm on Monday night reporting that she had been grabbed by a man and raped earlier in the evening.

She told officers she had been walking along Norwich Road and turned into Cromer Road at around 8.30pm. As she walked along the road towards Bramford Lane she was approached by a man who asked her the time.

The man then took hold of the woman and pulled her into an area where bins are stored and raped her.

The man is described as mixed race, 35 – 40 years old with short black hair; he wore black jeans, black shoes and a black waist length jacket.

Since receiving the report police have carried out extensive enquiries into the incident and these are ongoing.

Detective Inspector Trevor Prior said; “During the anniversary checks police spoke to around 180 people in a bid to gather further information and to trace anyone who was in the area on Monday evening.

“We will now look at the information given to see if this helps our investigation, but we’d ask anyone who was in the area who hasn’t already spoken to us to come forward. You may unwittingly have details that can help regardless of whether you think you saw anything or not.”

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