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The face of a rapist

PUBLISHED: 13:30 02 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

THIS is the face of the rapist who posed as a Good Samaritan before leading his teenaged victim to a quiet Ipswich lane where he brutally attacked her.

THIS is the face of the rapist who posed as a Good Samaritan before leading his teenaged victim to a quiet Ipswich lane where he brutally attacked her.

His image can today be revealed after his traumatised 19-year-old victim helped police create a computer-generated likeness of the man who gained her confidence and trust before luring her to a secluded spot and raping her on Saturday morning.

As detectives continue their hunt for the plump, spiky brown haired attacker, who appeared to be in his early 20s, the Evening Star has today doubled the bounty offered for his capture to £2,000.

The rapist's face is exposed on the day that the Ipswich pensioner who was dragged off the street and raped on March 1 thanked the community for rallying around her in a massive display of support.

The frail 92-year-old spoke out after receiving thousands of pounds raised by the Evening Star and Sainsbury's "Show Her You Care Appeal".

The brave victim said she would use the cash for a short away-break and spoke of the trauma inflicted on her by a man she branded "sick".

The two rapes are not believed to be connected.

Detectives hunting the latest sex attacker – who set upon his victim after offering to help her find the Copdock interchange where her boyfriend was due to collect her – have been disappointed by the public response to appeals for information so far.

Police want to speak to anyone who saw a man fitting the attacker's description approach his victim, who comes from the Colchester area, on a bench near Ipswich rail station shortly after she left Kartouche nightclub around 12.30am on Saturday, July 28.

They also want to speak to people who may have seen the pair walking together after that as he led her up Birkfield Drive, before turning in to Stone Lodge Lane and on to a footpath where he raped her.

The rapist is white, in his early 20s, about 5ft 8ins to 5ft 9ins tall. He was wearing a blue shirt, dark trousers and was clean-shaven.

The victim, a white female, was wearing a white top, short white skirt and knee-high black boots.

Any one with information should contact the rape incident room on 01473 613999 or by email on incident.room@suffolk.police.uk

Meanwhile, the elderly victim of the Cobbold Street rape in March, issued a message of thanks to all those who donated to a fund for her.

The appeal total reached £2,336.32 as well-wishers around the county, horrified at the brutal sex attack, converted their concern to cash by donating to the collection.

"I would like to thank everyone who donated money," she said today in a thank-you message via the police to the Star.

"It will enable me to have a few days away to forget the trauma caused by that sick man.

"Thank you all very much and in particular, thanks to the Evening Star and Sainsbury's for their kindness. Bless you all."

The crime horrified the county and donations flooded in to the appeal fund launched by the Star and Sainsbury's as young and old expressed their love and concern for the victims with cards and gifts of cash.

Collection boxes at Sainsbury's stores around the town quickly filled as customers gave their pounds and pennies in a gesture of support for the victim. Businesses around the county boosted the appeal fund by setting up their own collection points.

Detectives are still hunting the rapist who dragged his victim backwards 100-yards down the street before the sex attack as she returned from a shopping trip at Sainsbury's in Upper Brook Street at around 6.20pm on Thursday, March 1.

Last month, police released CCTV pictures of five men seen in the area at time who they wanted to trace to rule out their inquiries.

A police spokesmen said today: "We have had people very helpfully ringing up and suggesting names."

But as yet, detectives have been unable to firmly identify or rule out any of the men.

He added that one person had phoned suggesting he may be one of the five men and police were following that lead up.

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the rape and has not yet spoken to police, or who has information about the attack, should contact the rape incident room on 01473 613777 or Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111.

The Star is offering a £2,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

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