Polce urge women to take care

POLICE investigating a knifepoint sex attack in Ipswich have today warned women to ensure their safety when out in the town.Detective Inspector Darrin Tomkins of Ipswich police, said women should try not to walk alone and should let people know where they are going and when they intend to arrive.

POLICE investigating a knifepoint sex attack in Ipswich have today warned women to ensure their safety when out in the town.

Detective Inspector Darrin Tomkins of Ipswich police, said women should try not to walk alone and should let people know where they are going and when they intend to arrive.

The advice was issued following an attempted rape on a 47-year-old woman in Milner Street.

Three men had followed the woman along St Helens Street before one of them forced her to the ground and cut her dress with a knife.


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Police believe her attacker was disturbed by the headlights of a passing car and are today appealing for the driver of that car to come forward in the hope he or she will have vital evidence about the attack.

DI Tomkins said: “It would seem a car disturbed them in the process of the attack.

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“The headlights shone on them and they ran off.

“We would appeal to the driver of that vehicle to come forward and contact us.”

DI Tomkins said the woman had been left shaken and traumatised by the incident but had not suffered any serious physical injury.

She was taken to Ipswich Hospital with cuts caused by the knife and it is thought these were inflicted as the attacker cut her dress.

DI Tomkins said people needed to be sensible when travelling home at night, using licensed and pre-arranged taxis and staying with friends whenever possible.

He added: “It is just good common sense but this woman is no fool. She is a victim and this isn't her fault.”

The incident happened between 12.45am and 1.10am on Sunday .

The men are described as of Eastern European appearance. One was 5ft 4in to 5ft 6in, 25-35, and of stocky build. He wore light coloured trousers with a dark top and denim style jacket.

The others were taller, also 25-35, and wore dark clothing.

Anyone with information should call Acting Ds Tonya Antonis on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Visit www.lucieblackmantrust.org for more personal safety advice.

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