Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Neighbours shocked to learn of alleyway rape next to homes

13:55 05 March 2014

Suffolk Police cordoned off the area on Cromer Road where a woman reported being raped on Monday night.

Suffolk Police cordoned off the area on Cromer Road where a woman reported being raped on Monday night.

Neighbours living on either side of an Ipswich alleyway where a woman was raped have spoken of their shock at discovering the sex attack had happened next to their homes.

shares

A 27-year-old woman contacted police officers at around 10.40pm on Monday, telling them she had been grabbed by a man and raped earlier in the evening.

The victim had been walking along Norwich Road in Ipswich and turned into Cromer Road at around 8.30pm. While walking along the road towards Bramford Lane, she was approached by a man who asked her the time. He then took hold of the woman, pulling her into an area where bins are stored and raping her.

Police last night carried out anniversary checks in the area, making further enquiries with residents.

Robert Malcolm, who lives next to the alleyway with his wife and two children, said: “I was woken at midnight by a police officer at the door. They told me about an incident in the alley next door but didn’t go into specifics.

“It’s a main thoroughfare, so you sometimes hear noises at night, but we were at home in the evening and didn’t hear anything until getting that knock on the door.

“I just hope the victim is alright. If she had knocked on the door I would have made sure she was alright and called the police.”

Sartiv Abass, who lives on the other side of the alleyway, returned home at 11pm on Monday after visiting family. He said: “We didn’t know about it. The police told us. It was shocking.

“Nothing like this has happened in the time we’ve lived here. I would say it’s normally a safe place to live.”

Police are looking for a suspect of mixed race, 35 to 40 years old, with short black hair. He wore black jeans, black shoes and a black waist-length jacket.

The victim has been seen by specially-trained officers and is receiving support.

Anyone in the Cromer Road/Norwich Road area on Monday night who saw a man matching the description, or noticed anything suspicious, should call DI Darren Bruce at Ipswich police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

shares

0 comments

The scene of a thatch fire in Stoke-by-Nayland

A picturesque country cottage is still standing today despite a fire ripping through its thatched roof.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train

Rail services between London Liverpool Street and Norwich have been cancelled after a train fault at Diss.

Ipswich Town v Arsenal  FA Cup Final at Wembley 1978 - 

Kevin Beattie and Allan Hunter

It is an impassioned debate which never fails to invigorate the East Anglian derby.

Colchester Half-Marathon. Starting and finishing at Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Competitors braved the dismal morning weather today to take part in the Colchester Half Marathon.

The scene after the thatched roof fire in Stoke by Nayland - Picture credit - Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

Ten fire crews tackled a thatched roof blaze in a Suffolk village overnight.

Sir John French: a colourful character and respected soldier

We’ve heard about the Suffolk men who fought at the battle of Neuve Chapelle.

Ipswich Crown Court

A 19-year old man who met up with a 13-year-old girl and exchanged text messages with her despite being given a police caution for kissing her several months earlier has been sentenced to 21 months youth detention.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral overlooking colourful displays in the Abbey Gardens

Suffolk’s most important religious building has been awarded a £300,000 Government grant to pay for urgent roof repairs.

Josephine Murphy

An 86-year-old woman who had gone missing from Clacton has been found safe and well

Aftermath of a barn fire in Holton.

A television antiques expert has appealed for help rebuilding his eco-friendly arts centre in Suffolk after a major blaze destroyed the historic sawmill that was to be its showroom and workshops.

Most read

Topic pages