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Police appeal for help in rape attack

PUBLISHED: 10:59 14 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

POLICE have reissued a plea for help today in a bid to aid their investigation into a sex attack in Martlesham Heath.

Officers have now spoken to hundreds of people in an effort to find out more about the attack on November 2 but are still anxious to trace two couples who were walking their dogs in the area at the time.

POLICE have reissued a plea for help today in a bid to aid their investigation into a sex attack in Martlesham Heath.

Officers have now spoken to hundreds of people in an effort to find out more about the attack on November 2 but are still anxious to trace two couples who were walking their dogs in the area at the time.

The attack happened as the woman walked from her home in Martlesham Heath down Felixstowe Road towards Martlesham village between 9.30am and 10.30am.

She was passing the entrance to the car park opposite Martlesham Community Centre when a man approached her and forced her in to a nearby wooded area. They walked along the footpath towards Newbourne Road where he sexually assaulted her.

Detective Inspector Rick Munns believes it is vital they find these couples.

"We know of at least two couples walking their dogs in the woods at the time. We need to trace them because they may have vital information and I would ask them to contact police immediately," he said.

The first couple are described as white and aged between 55 and 65. It is believed they left the car park at about 9.30am in a light coloured car. The woman is described as small with grey hair.

Between 10am and 10.20am a younger couple were seen returning to their blue car with two dogs not on leads.

The man is described as about 45 to 50, 6ft with collar length dark hair. The woman is 40 to 45 about 5ft 8 with shoulder length dark wavy hair.

If you were in the area at the time or have any information please contact Suffolk Police on 01473 613500, or Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111.

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