Alleyway sex attack investigation

DETECTIVES were today interviewing a woman after a sex attack in Ipswich early this morning.

DETECTIVES were today interviewing a woman after a reported sex attack in Ipswich town centre early this morning.

The assault is said to have taken place in an alleyway off St Peter's Street.

The path is used as a seating area beside the licensed premises of Bar IV and was cordoned off as a crime scene.

Scenes of crime officers were expected to be combing the area today to trawl for clues.

At this stage police said they could not be sure of the specifics of the attack until they had spoken to the woman.

The victim is said to be a 22-year-old from the Ipswich area.

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The assault occurred around 5.30am.

Police were alerted to the attack when they received a telephone call on the woman's behalf.

Specialist sex offence investigators with special training in interviewing sex victims were due to speak to her during the morning to coax out what happened.

No arrests had been made at the time of going to press.

As people went by on their way to work this morning they could see the alleyway between St Peter's Street and Turret Lane was sealed off.

The wrought iron gates beside Bar IV were closed and police tape criss-crossed over them.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police issued an appeal to the public for help with the investigation.

She said: “If anyone has information which could assist the detectives on the inquiry they should telephone Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

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