Only two calls after rape appeal

DETECTIVES investigating the rape of a teenage girl have received only two calls from the public offering help with their enquiries, it emerged today.

Danielle Nuttall

DETECTIVES investigating the rape of a teenage girl have received only two calls from the public offering help with their enquiries, it emerged today.

The 18-year-old victim was attacked in Ipswich in the early hours of Saturday, possibly between midnight and 4am.

She became separated from her friends in the London Road or West End Road area and later accepted a lift in dark-coloured car from three men who spoke broken English.


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She was driven to a couple of unidentified locations around Ipswich - one of which was possibly a petrol station - before being taken to a secluded car park where two of the men raped her.

The victim was traumatised by the incident and went home before telling a friend who informed police of her ordeal at about 4am on Saturday.

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A team of 14 officers are investigating the incident and have conducted numerous enquiries - but to date only two calls have been received in response to media appeals.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Luckett, from the Major Investigation Team, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is a difficult investigation due to the lack of information available to us. I appreciate that this witness appeal offers few clues to jog people's memories but I appeal to anyone who may have seen any unusual incidents involving a lone female in Ipswich in the early hours of Saturday morning or anyone who may have any information, which could assist with this enquiry to contact police without delay.

“Please don't assume someone else may know what you know or may have seen what you saw and has already rung us.”

Anyone who has any information should call the Major Investigation Team at Suffolk Police HQ on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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