Police renew appeal in bid to trace fiend who raped teen

IPSWICH: More than 100 members of the public were quizzed by police officers investigating the alleged rape of a teenager in Ipswich.

On Friday, a team of seven officers from Suffolk police stopped motorists driving along Holywells Road a week after the reported attack happened.

The 17-year-old had been out with friends on Friday July 9 and was walking alone along Landseer Road, near Johnson’s Paint, at around 7pm when a dark blue car pulled alongside her.

The male driver forced the teenager into his car before driving the short distance to a car park near Ipswich Tyre and Exhaust on the corner of Landseer Road and Cliff Lane.

The man then led her into woodland next to Holywells Road where he raped her.

A team of 30 officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk major investigation team have been working to find the man responsible, releasing a photo-fit image of the suspect described by the victim.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Luckett said his team are urging members of the public to continue to come forward with any information they have in a bid to catch the man responsible for the horror attack.

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He said: “During the anniversary check held on Friday, officers stopped and spoke to over one hundred members of the public, and although useful information was obtained, it has not led to any new significant lines of inquiry.

“We have had half a dozen responses to the media appeal for the e-fit, where information has been provided to help trace the offender and I would like to thank the media and the public for their help so far.

“We still urgently need to trace the man responsible for this attack, and anyone who knows him or his whereabouts is asked to contact us immediately.

“This type of attack is extremely rare and we would like to reassure local communities that everything possible is being done to ensure that the person responsible is found.”

Detectives believe the suspect has knowledge of Ipswich and maybe local to the town.

House-to-house inquiries have been carried out in Cliff Lane and Oulton Road, after the victim ran in that direction to escape her attacker.

The suspect is described as white, about 47 years old, of medium build, with a shaved head and he was clean shaven.

He was wearing jeans.

Anyone who was in the area at the time or who has any information is asked to telephone the Norfolk and Suffolk joint major investigation team on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.