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Rape victim thanks for kind appeal

PUBLISHED: 18:23 13 June 2003 | UPDATED: 14:00 03 March 2010

A 94-YEAR-OLD Ipswich woman whose brutal rape remains unsolved thanked Evening Star readers for money collected on her behalf.

The Star called on its readers to dig deep to help rebuild the pensioner's shattered life after the savage attack in Cobbold Street two years ago.

A 94-YEAR-OLD Ipswich woman whose brutal rape remains unsolved thanked Evening Star readers for money collected on her behalf.

The Star called on its readers to dig deep to help rebuild the pensioner's shattered life after the savage attack in Cobbold Street two years ago.

The Show Her You Care Appeal, launched by The Star together with Sainsbury's, raised £2,181.32.

Today she told The Evening Star: "Thank you all for still thinking about me and thank you very much for the money - it is greatly appreciated."

More than two years on the person responsible for the attack on March 1, 2001 is still at large.

The horrific attack happened as the head scarved pensioner, pulling a shopping trolley, was walking along a footpath in Cobbold Street at about 6.20pm.

She was dragged 100 yards along the street, which is close to the town centre, and raped behind a row of terraced houses.

Police pieced together details of her journey from Sainsbury's supermarket in Upper Brook Street to the scene of the attack and asked anyone who had seen her to come forward.

Despite scores of calls to the incident room no arrests were ever known.

But the inquiry, led by Det. Supt. Adrian Braddy, remains ongoing.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said: "The case remains open and we have received information during the course of the last few years, which has been followed up and that will remain the case.

"Although a few years have past since the incident anyone who has any information on this crime should still get in touch."

The Star started off the appeal with £500 and more donations followed suit.

At Sainsbury's in Lower Brook Street shoppers were queuing up at the collection point within hours of the appeal launch and customers stood silently to listen to half hourly announcements over the loud speaker system.

Sainsburys stores in Hadleigh Road and Warren Heath also set up collection points and there was a chance for people to make donations at The Star's front office in Lower Brook Street.

Anyone with any information about this vile crime should call detectives on 01474 613500.

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