Are you one of these five men?

PUBLISHED: 13:39 12 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

DETECTIVES hunting the rapist who brutally assaulted a 92-year-old pensioner as she walked home from shops today released CCTV pictures of five men who were in the area.

DETECTIVES hunting the rapist who brutally assaulted a 92-year-old pensioner as she walked home from shops today released CCTV pictures of five men who were in the area.

They are not being treated as suspects – but police believe they could hold vital clues in the search for the beast who attacked the Ipswich pensioner.

The March 1 sex attack happened at the victim walked along Cobbold Street on her way back from Sainsbury's store in Upper Brook Street at around 6.20pm.

She was dragged backwards 100 yards to an area near garages where she was raped.

No description of the rapist has been issued by police.

However the pictures released today are of five men seen in the area who have not, so far, come forward to officers investigating the attack.

"Information and support from the public is essential in helping us to track down this rapist," said Det Supt Adrian Braddy, who is leading the search.

"We know there were a lot of people in the area at the time of the attack and have spoken to a great many of them, however there are still people, including those in these stills from the CCTV cameras who we wish to talk to."

"I would emphasis that we are not treating these men as suspects, however they might have vital information about the incident, as they were in the area as the victim made her way home along Carr Street.

"I would appeal to these men, or anyone who recognises them, to contact the incident room immediately. Again, I would repeat my appeals for anyone with any information, no matter how minor to come forward and help rid our community of this menace," he said.

"We are particularly anxious to trace people who were either in the area between 6pm and 7pm on Thursday, March 1 or who used Cobbold Street or the immediate area regularly. We also need to hear from anyone who has seen anything suspicious in the area or has any information about the attack."

Police also revealed today a distinctive fish in a bubble key fob which was found by scenes of crime officers on March 2 in a gutter in Cobbold Street, close to where the attack took place.

"There is nothing to link this key fob with the offence, but as in the case of the men in the CCTV stills, we have been unable to rule it out of our enquiry," Det Supt Braddy said.

More than 2,500 separate lines of inquiry have been followed up, over 325 homes in the area have been visited and hundreds of people have been spoken to during road checks.

But despite repeated public appeals detectives believe there are still people who were in the area at the time of the attack who have not come forward.

The Evening Star and Sainsbury's have offered a £2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Cobbold Street rapist.

Anyone with information about the Cobbold Street rape should call the incident room on 01473 613777 or Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111.

Evening Star readers and customers at Sainsbury's horrified at the brutal attack have donated more than £2,200 to the "Show Her You Care Appeal" to raise cash for the elderly victim.

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