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Positive response to rape appeal

PUBLISHED: 22:19 28 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:00 03 March 2010

POLICE hunting a masked rapist today said they have had a positive response from the public in their quest to find him.

Today more officers made house to house enquires in the area in their bid to gather more information from the public and a special incident room has been set up at Ipswich police station.

POLICE hunting a masked rapist today said they have had a positive response from the public in their quest to find him.

Today more officers made house to house enquires in the area in their bid to gather more information from the public and a special incident room has been set up at Ipswich police station.

More than 10 detectives are working on the case, and today at least two officers were knocking on doors in the Pelican Close area near to where the rape took place.

A forensic team has been combing the home of the victim, for any clues which might lead them to her attacker.

Detectives have said it is too early to rule out the possibility that the victim may have known her attacker or that she may have been stalked over a period of time.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said: "At this stage in our investigations we can not rule anything out and are looking at all probabilities.

"We received a total of six calls from the public last night and are pleased with the response from members of the public, thanks to help from the media.

"Officers will be following up various lines of enquires as a result.

"Obviously we are still appealing for anybody who was in the area at the time or who saw anything suspicious between 12 noon and 2pm last Friday to come forward no matter how trivial they think it might be."

A mobile incident room has been set up at the end of Pelican Close in Ipswich, and members of the public can call a dedicated hotline.

The 20-year-old woman was attacked in the Chantry estate in Ipswich at about 1pm on Friday. She opened her front door to a man wearing a balaclava, who forced his way inside and raped her.

The rapist is described as white, of medium build and wearing a dark sweatshirt top, dark coloured jogging bottoms.

Anybody with information about the rape should contact Suffolk police on 01473 383000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


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