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Third train rape arrest

PUBLISHED: 17:24 21 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:24 03 March 2010

BRITISH Transport Police have arrested a third suspect in connection with the alleged rape of a 22-year-old woman on an Ipswich to London train.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Alan Reed today confirmed a man had been questioned over the sex attack.

BRITISH Transport Police have arrested a third suspect in connection with the alleged rape of a 22-year-old woman on an Ipswich to London train.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Alan Reed today confirmed a man had been questioned over the sex attack.

"Following on from the inquiry in relation to the train rape the BTP have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of rape," he said.

The suspect, who lives in east London, voluntarily walked in to Ipswich police station and asked to speak to officers on the case.

With his solicitor present he spent six hours with police after entering the building at midday on Tuesday.

The man was released on police bail to his home address pending further inquiries.

He must now report to Victoria railway station in London when his bail ends on March 23.

The attack happened on March 28 last year when the 22-year-old victim was allegedly raped by one of three men who boarded the 9.49pm Anglia Railways service to London Liverpool Street at Ipswich railway station.

The woman became aware of the trio as she waited at the platform. After boarding the train the gang approached her.

She got up to move carriages but as she started to walk away it is believed the men bundled her into the toilet compartment in Coach B at the rear of the train.

It was there that one of them raped her as the two other men allegedly looked on. The victim managed to escape when the train slowed to a halt at Colchester station. Her attackers are believed to have carried on their journey to Liverpool Street.

As part of their inquiry BTP officers sifted through CCTV footage recorded at both Ipswich and Liverpool Street stations for clues to the identity of the rapist and his accomplices. Around 200 potential witnesses were quizzed about the attack.

Abdul Hassan of Warrior Square Manor Park in London is currently in custody awaiting trial for the rape.

In October, the 22-year-old was the first suspect to be arrested and charged by BTP officers.

Weeks later a second man, Ali Hassan from east London, was also arrested in connection with the sex attack. He was charged with the rape on December 27.

However charges against the 23-year-old, who lives in Stanfield Road, Dagenham were subsequently dropped when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court for a hearing.

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