Woman grabbed by her hair, pulled into alleyway and raped
PUBLISHED: 21:25 12 August 2018 | UPDATED: 21:25 12 August 2018
A woman was raped in what police are describing as an 'extremely distressing' attack in Ipswich town centre early this morning.
The victim, a woman in her 20s, was walking through an alleyway between Tacket Street and Upper Brook Street when a man called out to her.
She was then grabbed by the hair and pulled into the alley where she was raped.
The rape was reported to police at about 4am.
The suspect is described as being of Asian appearance and was wearing a grey hooded top.
A police cordon around alleyway between the Tacket Street car park and Upper Brook Street remains in place.
Trained specialist officers and police staff continue to work with the victim whilst extensive enquiries are ongoing in the local area to identify the person responsible.
DCI Angus Moir said: “This was an extremely distressing and horrific attack on the victim which has left her severely traumatised.
“I would like to reassure the community that our officers are doing all they can.
“However, we need help from members of the public who may have been in Ipswich in the early hours of this morning and have vital information to assist with the investigation.”
County councillor Mandy Gaylard, Labour spokesman for communities, said: “It is shocking and I feel for the young woman involved in this case.
“You have a right to have a night out and to feel safe to do so.
“All the police that we have are doing a great job, but we need more of them and we need to see them on the streets.
“Male or female you should be able to feel safe on the streets of Ipswich – full stop.”
This attack comes in a 24-hour period in Ipswich where a 30-year-old man was stabbed and six people had phones stolen from them on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Anyone with any information, or who may have been in the area at the time is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting crime number 37/45741/18.
Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.