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Sex attack link to rape ruled out

PUBLISHED: 13:01 05 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

DETECTIVES hunting a sex attacker who raped an Essex pensioner have ruled out a link with the rape of a frail Suffolk pensioner nine months ago.

Police in Colchester confirmed today that they are currently not connecting Sunday's rape of a 68-year-old woman in the town to any other crimes – including the brutal attack on a 92-year-old woman in Cobbold Street, Ipswich, on March 1.

DETECTIVES hunting a sex attacker who raped an Essex pensioner have ruled out a link with the rape of a frail Suffolk pensioner nine months ago.

Police in Colchester confirmed today that they are currently not connecting Sunday's rape of a 68-year-old woman in the town to any other crimes – including the brutal attack on a 92-year-old woman in Cobbold Street, Ipswich, on March 1.

The latest rape happened at around 8pm on Sunday in Artillery Barracks Folley as the victim was returning from a shopping trip in Butt Road, Colchester.

The Ipswich rape also happened as the victim walked from a shopping trip. The attacker is still at large.

Detectives from Essex and Suffolk have been in contact over the latest rape but Colchester officers, renewing the appeal for information about Sunday's attack, said that it was not being linked to any other crimes at this stage.

A friend of the Colchester rape victim said today that the pensioner was a "strong lady" with a supportive family but "this is going to take its toll".

Detective Superintendent Ian McNeill said the ten-minute attack was particularly nasty. And the attack could have gone on for longer had an elderly male passer-by not come along.


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