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Police manhunt after girl, 17, raped

PUBLISHED: 13:10 14 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

DETECTIVES have launched a manhunt to catch a rapist who struck in a Bramford alleyway.

Although the attack took place just before midnight on Thursday the attack was originally classified as a serious assault.

DETECTIVES have launched a manhunt to catch a rapist who struck in a Bramford alleyway.

Although the attack took place just before midnight on Thursday the attack was originally classified as a serious assault.

But Suffolk police have now revealed that a 17 year-old girl was raped in a lane linking Acton Close to the village's main road.

Detective Superintendent Roy Lambert, who led the hunt for the murderer of Trimley St. Mary teenager Vicky Hall, is today heading the investigation.

He said: " The victim suffered slight injuries in the attack and has been left very shaken by her ordeal.

"We were able to speak in depth with the victim yesterday and she has been able to give us a description."

The man is described as white, aged between 19 and 20 years-old and is about six feet tall.

He was wearing a dark bomber jacket, dark trousers and a beige baseball cap.

Officers are today continuing door to door enquiries following a fingertip search of the lane yesterday in a bid to find any evidence of the attacker.

The victim had spent the evening with friends and had just got off a bus when she was dragged from the alleyway onto nearby grassland, pushed to the floor and raped.

Neighbours spoke of their horror that a cut-through used by schoolchildren was allegedly the scene of a serious crime just after 11pm.

An Acton Road resident who lives beside the lane but declined to give his name said he had been awake at the time of the alleged attack but had heard nothing.

"I sat here with the back door open and didn't hear a thing. The dog didn't bark at all. It usually does when someone's in the alley."

Police are urging anyone who was in the area between 11pm and midnight to come forward regardless of whether they have information about the attack in a bid to eliminate people from their enquiries.

Anyone with information should contact Stowmarket CID on 01473 383415.

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