Police probe rape allegation

POLICE are today probing a rape allegation after a woman was reportedly attacked by two men in the early hours of the morning.Officers closed two parts of Ancaster Road today after a 35-year-old claimed she was grabbed by the men, pushed into a car and raped.

POLICE are today probing a rape allegation after a woman was reportedly attacked by two men in the early hours of the morning.

Officers closed two parts of Ancaster Road today after a 35-year-old claimed she was grabbed by the men, pushed into a car and raped.

A hunt is today on for the men, who struck as the woman was walking past Gippeswyk Park.

A police spokesman said they were alerted to the attack by a member of the public but have since traced and spoken to the victim.


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The spokesman said: “Police have cordoned off an area of Gippeswyk Park and part of Ancaster Road in Ipswich after receiving an allegation of rape this morning.

“Officers were contacted about 3.45am by a member of the public reporting a woman had been attacked.

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“Police found the woman at an address in the town and spoke to her.”

She told police she was walking past the park entrance when she was approached by a white man, who was with a black and largely built man.

She told officers she was grabbed, pushed into a dark-coloured car, driven along Ancaster Road and raped.

The victim was traced by police to a house in Chantry.

It is not known whether the woman claims to have been raped by one or both of the men.

One part of Ancaster Road, including several houses, was cordoned off first by police. The cordon was later removed from the houses.

A second cordon was later put outside the park, including the entrance to the park and the entrance to Bridge Guest House bed and breakfast.

Scenes of crime officers were called to investigate and residents were prevented from driving their cars out from behind the cordon.

A spokesman for Bridge Guest House bed and breakfast, Ancaster Road, said they had been asked by police to prevent customers from contaminating the crime scene.

He said: “I don't know what's happened. Police told us there had been an incident and could our customers avoid the front entrance and use the fire door so the crime scene is not contaminated.

“That was at about 6.30am and they said it should be clear today.”

Police said their enquiries are at a very early stage.

They want to hear from anyone who was in the area between 2.30am and 4am.

Detectives would also like to hear from anyone with information about who the offenders may be.

Anyone with information is asked to call Ipswich police on 01473 613500.

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