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Petition launched after rape mum's fear

PUBLISHED: 14:29 31 August 2002 | UPDATED: 12:33 03 March 2010

FRUSTRATED relatives of a raped woman who is living in fear of her recently-released attacker have taken their campaign to the streets of Ipswich.

The mother and grandmother of 18-year-old rape victim, Lisa Askew - who bore her rapist's son - called on shoppers to sign a petition to the council calling for Lisa's sister Claire to be rehoused.

FRUSTRATED relatives of a raped woman who is living in fear of her recently-released attacker have taken their campaign to the streets of Ipswich.

The mother and grandmother of 18-year-old rape victim, Lisa Askew – who bore her rapist's son – called on shoppers to sign a petition to the council calling for Lisa's sister Claire to be rehoused.

Dozens of visitors to busy Cornhill, who had read Lisa's story in Saturday's Evening Star, were happy to add their weight to the campaign.

Heidi Wicks said: "I read the story and couldn't believe it. I felt bad that some people were scared to live in their own home through no fault of their own."

Mark Beeton had also been moved by the report.

He said: "Hopefully by signing this petition it will cause the authorities to act on behalf of the victims."

The Star highlighted the family's harrowing story telling how brave 18-year-old Lisa Askew lifted her right to anonymity in order to help her sister.

Claire Capocci and her family claim to be subjected to a cruel campaign of harassment by the rapist and his associates.

Their Spenser Road home is just yards from the Shakespeare Road address to which rapist Robert Hubert returned after his release from Norwich jail earlier this month .

Claire and her husband Dominic, who have two children, have reported three incidents of alleged harassment to police rapist 21-year-old Hubert was released.

Lisa, who lives with her and Hubert's two-year-old son Callum in Morgan Drive, reported an incident of verbal abuse to police, three weeks after Hubert's release.

She feels unable to visit her sister for fear of more abuse.

Hubert was convicted of raping Lisa on October 27 1999. He served 21 months of a three-and-a-half-year sentence.

Now, after hearing nothing more from the council, Lisa and Claire's mother, Kim Walker has pledged to collect a thousand signatures in a bid to provoke the council into action.

She said: "Everyone who read the story was shocked by it. People are really keen to help us. I have also left petitions in shops around the town. I am determined this campaign is going to work for Claire's sake."

But today a spokesman reiterated the council's position.

He said: "We believe we have considered everything relevant in this case. Should new factors come to light we would be happy to reconsider our assessment."

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