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Ipswich: Police investigate reports of Easter morning rape in town centre

09:52 20 April 2014

Police investigate reports of a rape in Lower Brook Street.

Police investigate reports of a rape in Lower Brook Street.

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A major police investigation has been launched after a woman reported being raped in Ipswich during the early hours of Easter Sunday morning.

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The incident took place in an alleyway off a private car park between Lower Brook Street and the Old Cattle Market bus station near the heart of the town centre.

Police were alerted to the incident by the town pastors, as they had been approached by a member of the public who had in turn spoken to a distressed woman. She reported being raped around 2.35am.

A substantial team of police officers spent much of the day searching for clues, and the area where the incident took place remained sealed off for much of the day.

Detectives and scenes of crime officers were on the scene as inquiries continued.

The victim was being supported by specially-trained police officers at a special suite for victims of sexual crimes – but officers said the nature of such incidents means that it can take some time to build up a full picture.

The police tape sealing off the car park was finally removed late on Sunday afternoon.

Town pastors, which are supported by churches in the town centre, work with the police to offer support to those who are out on Friday and Saturday nights. They are out and about between 10pm and 4am.

Earlier this month the Ipswich town pastors were joined by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby during his visit to the diocese.

Police have appealed to anyone who was in the area at the time and may be able to assist the investigation to contact Ipswich CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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5 comments

  • JonnytheBap, the only reason they have printed your comments this time is that they haven't seen them yet. Just wait until the PC censor gets into work and they'll disappear!

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    Gobby

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • And this was rejected 6 days ago for being inaccurate. What is "inaccurate" about it??? And this from a so-called 'newspaper' which is SO VERY ACCURATE (NOT): "A web comment you posted has been rejected by a site moderator. Article Name: Ipswich: Kebab shop boss jailed after late night robbery Comment: Although this thug did receive a jail sentence (heavily reduced no doubt for 'good behaviour' ... why not keep the term and just ADD for BAD behaviour?) I think 10 years would send a stronger deterrent message and clean up our streets. If 10 years does not work for some then there are alternatives. Complaint Reason: – inaccurate

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    Johnthebap

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • It's okay 'Dom', I understand you. It does not take a great deal of intelligence to see that you refer to the 'news' 'articles under 'Most Read' on this site (published here in April 2014) "Ipswich: Do you recognise these people wanted by police?" dated August 2012 AND "Suffolk head retires after tragic year" dated July 2003 AND another story from 2009 which is no longer shown. What you are saying 'Dom' is that someone appears to have been left in charge who has very little clue about the concept of CURRENT news and is regurgitating articles from 2012, 2009 and (amazingly) 2003!!!. And I agree with you, but what do you expect from our local newspapers???

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    Johnthebap

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • I don't know what Dom's comment has go to do with this story at all. Maybe he wrote it quick before going off on an Easter egg hunt and didn't pay too much attention to the comment, or where he posted it.

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    bigger niche

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Below this story and in the most read this week section there are three articles cctv pictures from 2012. A tribute to dead man from 2009 and to top it all Martin Liddle headmaster retirement 2003!!!! When you go on your Easter holidays leave someone there that can do the job??

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    Dom

    Monday, April 21, 2014

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