Police hunt teenage girl's attacker

POLICE are describing the attempted sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in Suffolk as “a particularly distressing incident”.Acting Detective Sergeant Mark Dua has warned people to be vigilant after the girl was attacked on Thursday night in Ipswich, although he said such assaults are rare.

POLICE are describing the attempted sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in Suffolk as “a particularly distressing incident”.

Acting Detective Sergeant Mark Dua has warned people to be vigilant after the girl was attacked on Thursday night in Ipswich, although he said such assaults are rare.

An unknown object was held to the girl's throat in the incident and her screams alerted residents in nearby homes, who came to her rescue.

The 14-year-old had gone for a walk along St John's Road at about 10.20pm on Thursday . When she sat down on a bench at the junction of St John's Road and Ringham Road, a man approached her and asked the time. The girl told the man the time and he walked off up Ringham Road.

Feeling uncomfortable about the man, the girl began to make her way home but she heard footsteps behind her.

The same man put his arm around her neck, pulled her backwards into a nearby garden and pushed her to the ground. He placed an unknown object to the girl's throat and attempted to undo her trousers.

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Ipswich police said residents from neighbouring houses came out when they heard the girl screaming and the man ran off up Ringham Road.

Tony Pearson, of St John's Road, said his wife witnessed part of the incident. “My wife saw a guy on top of the woman and then saw him run off up Ringham Road,” he said.

”I was in bed at the time but I heard the girl's screams. It's shocking.”

Acting Det Sgt Dua said: “This is a particularly distressing incident for the girl involved; we have a good description of the offender with him wearing a distinctive orange t-shirt with yellow stripes across the front.

“We are appealing to anyone who may have seen this man around the St John's Road/Ringham Road area around 10.20pm on Thursday night or recognises the man from the description.

“We would like to reassure people that assaults such as this are rare, however we would remind people to be vigilant and consider their personal safety whilst out and about.”

The man is described as white, of medium build, and in his early 20s. He wore an orange t-shirt with three or four yellow stripes across the chest and pale blue or grey jogging bottoms.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen this man in and around the area at the time or from anyone who recognises him from the description.

Anyone with any information should contact Acting Det Sgt Dua at Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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