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Police reveal rapist's words to victim

PUBLISHED: 15:43 25 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

DETECTIVES hunting a rapist who lured a teenager to a quiet Ipswich lane before brutally attacking her believe an odd phrase he used may help reveal his identity.

DETECTIVES hunting a rapist who lured a teenager to a quiet Ipswich lane before brutally attacking her believe an odd phrase he used may help reveal his identity.

The sex attacker told his terrified 19-year-old victim, who comes from the Colchester area, to: "Use my friend the field" when she said she needed the toilet as the pair walked along Stone Lodge Lane before the attack.

Detective Superintendent Roy Lambert, who is leading the investigation, said: "We felt the remark was unusual enough to prove useful – and could identify the rapist to people who have met him.

"The phrase 'my friend the field' is interesting for a number of reasons. It may be that he litters his sentences with the tag 'my friend' when referring to places or objects in everyday conversation.

"The remark also gives the impression that he is familiar with this particular field.

"My appeal to people is simple. If this unusual remark rings a bell with you, please contact the incident room immediately. Your information could be extremely important."

The rapist posed as a Good Samaritan, offering the girl help to find the Copdock interchange where she was due to meet her boyfriend, before luring her to an isolated spot where he set upon her.

He first approached her on a bench near Ipswich rail station after she had left Kartouche nightclub at around 12.20am on Saturday, July 28.

The rapist, a white man in his early 20s, led his victim along Ranelagh Road, up Birkfield Drive, into Stone Lodge Lane and onto a footpath near Pauls Sports and Social Club where he launched the brutal attack.

A police spokesman said today that detectives had had no response to a video shown at nightclubs around the town on Friday featuring CCTV footage taken on the night of the rape and an e-fit of the rapist.

"We are very disappointed," said police spokesman Simon Stevens of the response. "We thought that there was a very good chance that a lot of people out on the night of the attack would have been out on the night it was shown. We had a target audience there and we hoped for a good response but didn't get it."

Anyone with information should contact the rape incident room on 01473 613999 or call Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111 or email: incident.room@suffolk.police.uk

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