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Police to increase patrols after 'terrifying' Ipswich rape

PUBLISHED: 06:32 21 July 2019 | UPDATED: 08:40 21 July 2019

A forensic van is parked up in Silent Street, Ipswich Picture: ARCHANT

A forensic van is parked up in Silent Street, Ipswich Picture: ARCHANT

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A 'terrifying attack' which saw an 18-year-old woman dragged into a car park and raped in Ipswich town centre has prompted Suffolk police to increase patrols in the area.

Police officers are parked up in Silent Street, Ipswich Picture: ARCHANTPolice officers are parked up in Silent Street, Ipswich Picture: ARCHANT

Detectives investigating the incident, which took place at around 3am on Saturday, are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward.

The victim was walking along Silent Street when she was grabbed from behind and dragged into a car park where she was raped by an unknown male.

- Read more about the attack here.

Two people have been arrested in connection with a rape in Silent Street in Ipswich Picture: ARCHANTTwo people have been arrested in connection with a rape in Silent Street in Ipswich Picture: ARCHANT

Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Millar, of Suffolk police's major investigation team, said: "This was a terrifying attack on a young woman and she has been incredibly brave in coming forward and working with our officers in order to help us try to identify the offender.

"I am appealing for anyone who believes they either know of, or saw a man in this area, matching this brief description we have issued, or who was in the town centre area or nearby between 2am and 4am, to contact us straight away.

"At this early stage of the investigation, our enquiries would indicate the risk of another similar incident occurring in this area is low but we understand that this attack will have caused a great deal of concern to the local community and as a result, additional police patrols will continue in the area to provide reassurance to residents.

"I would also like to remind people to avoid walking alone in the early hours of the morning. Always plan your journey home by walking in groups, making arrangements to get a lift with friends, or using a taxi."

The male suspect is described as black with curly hair.

Specialist trained officers are continuing to support the victim, as work to identify the offender continues.

This includes house-to-house, forensic and CCTV enquiries.

Suffolk police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the woman walking from the town centre towards Silent Street or have seen a male matching the description above to come forward, or anyone who was in the nearby area between 2am and 4am on Saturday.

Officers would also like to hear from anyone who drove along nearby roads between 2am and 4am who may have dash cam footage, or anyone living near any of the routes mentioned who has private CCTV.

Anyone with information should call the major investigation team quoting crime reference 37/42560/19.

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