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Police drop sex assault inquiry

PUBLISHED: 16:16 17 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:11 03 March 2010

POLICE have today dropped their investigations into claims that a sexual assault which took place in the early hours of News Year's Day in Ipswich.

Officers have now re-interviewed the victim and are happy that no offence occurred.

POLICE have today dropped their investigations into claims that a sexual assault which took place in the early hours of News Year's Day in Ipswich.

Officers have now re-interviewed the victim and are happy that no offence occurred.

As a result of the media coverage, people came forward with information which has helped detectives piece together what happened to the woman between 1am and 6am on January 1.

Detective Inspector Neville Farthing said: "This was an unusual case in that the alleged victim had only limited recollection of what took place prior to her waking up at an address in Cavendish Street, Ipswich on New Year's morning.

"The coverage we received from the media certainly helped us with our investigations relating to this incident.

"We had numerous calls from the public who had seen the young woman in the early hours of New Year's Day. One call in particular, from a member of the public in London, gave us a breakthrough and enabled us to piece together the events of that morning.

"Having now re-interviewed the alleged victim the case has now been closed and we will no longer be continuing with our enquiries."

Ipswich police thanked the media and people who helped them with their inquiries.

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