Second Ipswich rape in less than a week

A MAJOR investigation is under way after a woman in her 20s was raped in an Ipswich street - the second such incident in the town in less than a week.The incident happened in Murray Road in the early hours of Monday.

A MAJOR investigation is under way after a woman in her 20s was raped in an Ipswich street - the second such incident in the town in less than a week.

The incident happened in Murray Road in the early hours of Monday, possibly between 1.35am and 1.50am.

Police said the victim was traumatised by the incident and went home before telling a friend who then informed the police at about 4pm yesterday.

She told police she recalled being in Murray Road with a male who raped her.

She describes him as white, aged late 40s to early 50s, about 5'3” tall, heavy build, with white or grey short receding hair and clean-shaven.

Detective Inspector Alan Seaman who is leading the investigation said: “This investigation is still very much in the early stages. I urge anyone who may have been in the area or who has any information which could assist with this enquiry to contact Ipswich CID without delay.”

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Police are also calling for any residents with their own CCTV to contact them.

It is the second rape allegation in the town in the space of a week. On Thursday, February 21 a woman told police she had been the victim of a sexual attack between 2.45am and 3.15am in the area of the Tower Ramparts shopping centre.

It is unclear at this stage whether detectives are linking the incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to call Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.