Crime

Police increase patrols after 'terrifying' attack

Detectives investigating the rape of a young woman in Ipswich are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward. The incident took place at around 3am on Saturday, July 20th, and was reported to police shortly before 4.30am.

The victim - an 18-year-old woman - was walking along Silent Street when she was grabbed from behind and dragged into a car park where she was raped by an unknown male. The male suspect is described as black with curly hair.

Specialist trained officers are continuing to support the victim, as work to identify the offender continues. This includes house-to-house, forensic and CCTV enquiries.

Officers investigating an allegation of rape in Ipswich have carried-out checks in the town 24 hours after the attack occurred.

Between 2am and 4am on Sunday July 21st, officers conducted checks in Silent Street, where they spoke to 238 people and distributed leaflets with information about the attack.

This was a terrifying attack on a young woman and she has been incredibly brave in coming forward and working with our officers in order to help us try to identify the offender.

Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Millar, of the Major Investigation Team

Detectives are appealing for anyone who could assist the investigation to come forward. This includes anyone who believes they saw a male matching the description above, who may have seen a woman walking alone from the direction of Old Cattle Market towards Silent Street, or anyone who was in the vicinity between 2am and 4am on Saturday, July 20th.

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