Lack of calls in teen rape hunt

POLICE admitted last nightthey were disappointed with the lack of calls from the public as they hunt for a sex attacker who raped a teenager.Suffolk detectives have only received a handful of calls about the alleged attack, which happened on Mondayin the Sidegate Lane area of Ipswich.

POLICE admitted last nightthey were disappointed with the lack of calls from the public as they hunt for a sex attacker who raped a teenager.

Suffolk detectives have only received a handful of calls about the alleged attack, which happened on Mondayin the Sidegate Lane area of Ipswich.

The 18-year-old victim was approached by a man in the driveway of a house at about 4pm who then grabbed her forced her inside the property and raped her.

The attacker then fled towards a lane that runs along the back of the houses in the road. The girl is not thought to have known her attacker.


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A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said: "Overnight we have not had any more messages from members of the public. It's still fairly early days in the investigation and we are a little disappointed that no further information has come in.

"We would like to repeat our appeals for information. This happened at about 4pm when there should have been people about.

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"It's still light at that time and so local people will hold the clue on this. If they did see anything or anyone acting suspiciously before the incident took place or if they saw anyone standing oddly after the incident we would like to hear from them."

School pupils may hold vital clues in the hunt for the rapist and could have seen him lurking in the area moments before he struck.

The area of the rape is near Sidegate Primary School in Sidegate Lane and Northgate High School in Sidegate Lane West.

The rapist was described as white, aged in his 40s, with short black and grey hair and he wore a black round necked jumper.

Anyone with information should contact Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555111.

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