Police hunt after rape allegation

POLICE investigating an allegation of male rape have sealed off public toilets in Ipswich.The victim, a 44-year-old man, is understood to have entered the toilet block in South Street, behind the Hare and Hounds public house, to use the facilities when he was approached by a man who subsequently raped him.

POLICE investigating an allegation of male rape have sealed off public toilets in Ipswich.

The victim, a 44-year-old man, is understood to have entered the toilet block in South Street, behind the Hare and Hounds public house, to use the facilities when he was approached by a man who subsequently raped him.

Officers are due to interview the victim today and therefore the exact details of the incident, which happened between 4 and 4,30pm yesterday, are limited.

Today the front of the public toilets covering both the ladies and gents entrances remain cordoned off by police tape.

The attacker is described as white, aged in his late 20's, of medium build with short blond hair shaven at the back and sides. He was wearing a red t-shirt.

A resident of the street, who did not wish to be named, said: "The police were outside the toilets until about 10pm last night.

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"I'm not sure what it was about but when people asked the officers, they said they couldn't tell us.

"There were there a long time so it looks like it must be something quite serious. The toilets to attract rather a lot of unsavoury characters."

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area around the stated time to call Ipswich CID on 01473 383133 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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