Rape investigation witness appeal

POLICE investigating the rape of a 22-year-old Ipswich woman today renewed their appeal for information.The victim was attacked at about 12.15am on Thursday after spending an evening in the town with friends.

POLICE investigating the rape of a 22-year-old Ipswich woman today renewed their appeal for information.

The victim was attacked at about 12.15am on Thursday after spending an evening in the town with friends.

Detective inspector Darrin Tomkins, who is leading the investigation, said: “Specialist trained officers have been working with the victim to find out as much information as possible in relation to this incident.

“We're trying to piece together details of the victim's evening and will be following up on all lines of inquiry.”

After leaving her friends to get something to eat, the victim got into what she thought was a cab in the town centre.

Two men were already inside and a third man joined them.

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After being driven around for a period of time, she was raped while in the car. She was later abandoned in Blanche Street, Ipswich.

A member of the public found the woman, took her into her home and contacted police at just before 12.45am on March 31.

Det Insp Tomkins said: “The member of the public who found the victim abandoned in Blanche Street had heard the woman calling out.

“She was found in quite a dishevelled and traumatised state. We're very keen to hear from anyone else who may have heard anything untoward or saw the men leave the area in the vehicle.

“The victim has understandably been left upset and distraught by her ordeal. We'll be doing everything to ensure she's looked after and her welfare is taken into consideration.”

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.