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Police appeal to help catch sex attacker

PUBLISHED: 11:35 06 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:18 03 March 2010

POLICE have renewed their appeals for information after a sex fiend who attacked a teenage girl in Ipswich is still at large.

The 18-year-old student was indecently assaulted exactly a week ago after she accepted a lift from a man in the Russell Road area of Ipswich late last Friday evening.

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POLICE have today renewed their appeals for information after a sex fiend attacked a teenage girl in Ipswich.

The 18-year-old student was indecently assaulted exactly a week ago after she accepted a lift from a man in the Russell Road area late last Friday evening.

She had accepted the lift at around 10.45 pm as revellers would have been flocking to the area to visit nearby pubs and clubs such as Brannigans and Kartouche.

The man, using a white van, took her to a remote area in the town where she was indecently assaulted.

Police want to trace the man who is described as white, aged between 20 and 30 years with a large nose and thin lips.

They are also keen to trace two young men who were seen chatting to the victim as she sat on the pavement close to the Staples store.

It is believed they spoke to her just minutes before she accepted the lift and was attacked.

Detective Inspector Rick Munns, of Ipswich CID, said: "This was a nasty incident which left a young woman extremely shaken and upset.

"The victim had been enjoying a night out with friends to celebrate the end of her exams – and accepted a lift from this man at about 10.45 pm as she was looking for a taxi to take her home.

"We know that just prior to accepting the lift the woman shared a joke with two young men who were on the pavement outside Staples.

"Last week we asked these men to come forward – but they have yet to do so – and I would repeat our appeals for them to get in touch because they could have important information."

Anyone with information should contact Ipswich CID via the central switchboard on 01473 613500, or Crimestoppers on freephone on 0800 555111.

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