Ipswich rape - police hunt for witnesses

POLICE officers spoke to people in the early hours of yesterday close to a residential street where a 24-year-old woman was raped.The incident happened in a driveway in Murray Road, Ipswich, in the early hours of Monday February 25, possibly between 1.

POLICE officers spoke to people in the early hours of yesterday close to a residential street where a 24-year-old woman was raped.

The incident happened in a driveway in Murray Road, Ipswich, in the early hours of Monday February 25, possibly between 1.30am and 3.30am.

The victim was traumatised by the incident and went home before telling a friend who then informed the police at about 4pm later that day.

Police were in the area between 1.30am and 4am on Monday and talked to pedestrians and motorists to see if they were in the area a week ago and may have information which might assist the enquiry. They encountered two motorists and one pedestrian, but they had nothing of evidential value to offer the enquiry.

Detective Chief Inspector David Cutler, who is leading the investigation, said: “These results were not unexpected due to the time of the alleged incident. The anniversary check was essential as there was always a small chance that a key witness could have been found. The investigation continues and again, I urge anyone who may have any information to contact Ipswich CID without delay.”

The woman recalls being in a driveway in Murray Road with a male who raped her. She describes this male as white, aged late 40s to early 50s, about 5'3” tall, heavy build, with white or grey short receding hair and clean-shaven.

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Anyone who was in the area around the time the incident occurred, or who has any information in relation to this incident, should call Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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