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Pubgoers may hold key in rape case

PUBLISHED: 14:04 16 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

SUFFOLK police believe drinkers on their way home from a night out could hold the key to solving the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl in Bramford.

SUFFOLK police believe drinkers on their way home from a night out could hold the key to solving the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl in Bramford.

Detective Superintendent Roy Lambert, man leading the hunt for the rapist, today re-issued a plea to the public for help.

He also said expressed his surprise at the lack of people who had come forward since he appealed for witnesses to the attack which took place on Thursday night.

Officers working on the case re-interviewed the victim yesterday, but now desperately need people in the area at the time to get in touch with them.

"We have had the odd call but it is a very small number," said Det Supt Lambert. "We have not had the response we were hoping for.

"We just need to hear from anyone in that area at the time because they may have very important information and we just need to eliminate them from the inquiry.

"If you were in the area that night between 11pm and 12am, please assist the investigation by getting in touch."

The 17-year-old victim had been out with friends in Claydon when she took a bus back to the village and got off at a stop on the main street near Acton Road.

She was walking down an alleyway leading from the main street to Acton Close just after 11pm when she was grabbed from behind and dragged onto a patch of nearby grass by the sex attacker.

Officers said the girl was then forced to the ground and raped.

Police said she was not seriously injured in the attack but has been left extremely distressed by the incident.

Detectives have described the man they are hunting as a white male, aged about 19 or 20, around 6ft tall, wearing a dark bomber-style jacket, dark trousers and a beige baseball cap pulled down tightly just above his eyes.

Scenes of crime officers cordoned off the alleyway on Thursday night and most of Friday as they searched the area for evidence.

Mr Lambert said it was too early to say if the attacker was definitely a local man and added that police would continue to make enquiries around the area over the next few days.

Anyone with information should telephone Stowmarket CID via the central switchboard on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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