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Star offers reward to catch rapist

PUBLISHED: 04:05 30 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

THE Evening Star has pledged a £1,000 reward to help find the masked rapist who attacked a woman in her own home in broad daylight.

There have been just six calls to the incident room set up after a man wearing a balaclava forced his way into a woman's home in the Pelican Close area of the Chantry estate in Ipswich.

By GEORGINA WROE

crime reporter

georginawroe@eveningstar.co.uk

THE Evening Star has pledged a £1,000 reward to help find the masked rapist who attacked a woman in her own home in broad daylight.

There have been just six calls to the incident room set up after a man wearing a balaclava forced his way into a woman's home in the Pelican Close area of the Chantry estate in Ipswich.

Police, who have already made house to house enquiries, are desperate to talk to anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the last Friday's lunchtime attack.

Our offer comes on a day when more shocking information has come to light about the brutal nature of the rape.

But we are not able to reveal it for fear of identifying the victim, still recovering after the attack. Detective Inspector John Quinton, leading the hunt for the rapist, said: "We hope that the Evening Star's reward will make someone come forward with some information. In the meantime we are continuing with our enquiries. We are reiterating that anyone with information should contact us."

A police incident pod, manned from noon to 10pm has been set up on Sheldrake Drive to encourage anyone who may have seen the rapist to come forward.

He is described as white, of medium build, wearing a dark sweatshirt top and dark-coloured jogging bottoms.

Officers are working with the victim who is described as "deeply traumatised" to come up with an e-fit of the rapist who fled from the front door.

He may have made his escape however via the labyrinth of footpaths leading further into the estate.

n Girl accosted on her way to school – see page 5


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