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Woman grabbed by her hair, pulled into alleyway and raped

PUBLISHED: 21:25 12 August 2018 | UPDATED: 21:25 12 August 2018

The cordon is opposite Sainsbury's on Upper Brook Street and remanis closed to the public until further notice Picture: ARCHANT

The cordon is opposite Sainsbury's on Upper Brook Street and remanis closed to the public until further notice Picture: ARCHANT

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A woman was raped in what police are describing as an ‘extremely distressing’ attack in Ipswich town centre early this morning.

Upper Brook Street, Ipswich was the scene of a stranger rape early yesterday morning Picture: DAVID KINDREDUpper Brook Street, Ipswich was the scene of a stranger rape early yesterday morning Picture: DAVID KINDRED

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.

The cordon extends into one of the entrances from Tacket Street car park Picture: ARCHANTThe cordon extends into one of the entrances from Tacket Street car park Picture: ARCHANT

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.

Police officers and PCSOs are still in attendance at the alleyway in Ipswich town centre . Picture: ARCHANTPolice officers and PCSOs are still in attendance at the alleyway in Ipswich town centre . Picture: ARCHANT

“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.

Evidence is marked on the floor of the alley and the investigation by Suffolk Constabulary continues. Picture: ARCHANTEvidence is marked on the floor of the alley and the investigation by Suffolk Constabulary continues. Picture: ARCHANT

“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.

The alley between Upper Brook Street and Tacket Street has been cordoned off by police. Picture: ARCHANTThe alley between Upper Brook Street and Tacket Street has been cordoned off by police. Picture: ARCHANT

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