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Ipswich – Teenager released under investigation

A teenager arrested in connection with an allegation of rape has been released under investigation.

The incident took place at around 3am on Saturday 20 July in Silent Street, Ipswich.

A 17-year-old teenage boy was arrested on Monday 22 July on suspicion of rape and he was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

The teenage boy, who was initially released on bail, has now been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

A 45-year-old man was also arrested on Monday 22 July on suspicion of assisting an offender in relation to the incident. He was subsequently been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team quoting crime reference 37/42560/19.

Website – http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

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Previous release | 24 July 2019

A teenager arrested by detectives investigating an allegation of rape in Ipswich has been released on bail.

The incident took place at around 3am on Saturday 20 July, and was reported to police shortly before 4.30am.

The victim - an 18-year-old woman - was walking along Silent Street when she was grabbed from behind and dragged into a car park where she was raped by an unknown male.

Officers have undertaken numerous enquiries since Saturday including forensic work, house-to-house visits in the vicinity of the incident, and reviewing CCTV footage around the town.

A 17-year-old teenage boy was arrested on Monday 22 July, on suspicion of rape in connection with this incident. He was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning and has subsequently been released on bail until Monday 19 August.

A 45-year-old man was also arrested on Monday on suspicion of assisting an offender in relation to the incident. He has subsequently been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team quoting crime reference 37/42560/19.

Website – http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

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Previous release | 23 July 2019

Detectives investigating the rape of a young woman in Ipswich have arrested a teenager in connection with the incident.

The incident took place at around 3am on Saturday 20 July, and was reported to police shortly before 4.30am.

The victim - an 18-year-old woman - was walking along Silent Street when she was grabbed from behind and dragged into a car park where she was raped by an unknown male.

Officers have undertaken numerous enquiries over the past few days including forensic work, house-to-house visits in the vicinity of the attack, and reviewing CCTV footage around the town.

A 17-year-old teenage boy was arrested yesterday evening, Monday 22 July, on suspicion of rape in connection with this incident. He was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning where he remains.

A 45-year-old man was also arrested yesterday on suspicion of assisting an offender in relation to the incident and for a separate offence of driving whilst disqualified.

The man was taken into police custody for questioning where he also remains.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who could assist the investigation to come forward. This includes anyone who believes they may have seen a woman walking alone from the direction of Old Cattle Market towards Silent Street, or anyone who was in the vicinity between 2am and 4am on Saturday morning.

Officers would also like to hear from anyone who drove along nearby roads between 2am and 4pm who may have dash cam footage, or anyone living near to any of the routes mentioned who has private CCTV.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team quoting crime reference 37/42560/19.

Website – http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

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Previous release | 21 July 2019

Officers investigating an allegation of rape in Ipswich have carried-out checks in the town 24 hours after the attack occurred, speaking to over 200 people.

The incident took place at around 3am yesterday morning, Saturday 20 July, and was reported to police shortly before 4.30am.

The victim - an 18-year-old woman - was walking along Silent Street when she was grabbed from behind and dragged into a car park where she was raped by an unknown male.

The male suspect is described as black with curly hair.

Specialist trained officers are continuing to support the victim, as work to identify the offender continues. This includes house-to-house, forensic and CCTV enquiries. 

Between 2am and 4am this morning, Sunday 21 July, officers conducted checks in Silent Street, where they spoke to 238 people and distributed leaflets with information about the attack. 

Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Millar, of the Major Investigation Team, said: “We continue to pursue a number of lines of enquiry as part of this investigation and I am grateful to those people who spoke to officers in the early hours of this morning for their assistance.

“I would again appeal for anyone with information about this horrendous attack to contact us immediately, especially anyone who believes they saw a male matching the description we have given, in the vicinity of Silent Street between 2am and 4am yesterday morning. 

“Attacks of this nature are rare, but despite this I would like to reiterate the message to people to avoid walking alone in the early hours of the morning. Always plan your journey home by walking in groups, making arrangements to get a lift with friends, or calling a taxi.” 

Detectives are appealing for anyone who could assist the investigation to come forward. This includes anyone who believes they saw a male matching the description above, who may have seen a woman walking alone from the direction of Old Cattle Market towards Silent Street, or anyone who was in the vicinity between 2am and 4am yesterday morning.

Officers would also like to hear from anyone who drove along nearby roads between 2am and 4pm who may have dash cam footage, or anyone living near to any of the routes mentioned who has private CCTV.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team quoting crime reference 42560/19.

Website – http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update 

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Previous release | 20 July 2019 - 10.25pm

Detectives investigating the rape of a young woman in Ipswich are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward.

The incident took place at around 3am this morning (Saturday 20 July) and was reported to police shortly before 4.30am.

The victim - an 18-year-old woman - was walking along Silent Street when she was grabbed from behind and dragged into a car park where she was raped by an unknown male.

The male suspect is described as black with curly hair.

Specialist trained officers are continuing to support the victim, as work to identify the offender continues. This includes house-to-house, forensic and CCTV enquiries.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have seen the woman walking from the town centre towards Silent Street or have seen a male matching the description above to come forward, or anyone who was in the nearby area between 2am and 4am this morning.

Officers would also like to hear from anyone who drove along nearby roads between 2am and 4pm who may have dash cam footage, or anyone living near to any of the routes mentioned who has private CCTV.

Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Millar, of the Major Investigation Team, said: “This was a terrifying attack on a young woman and she has been incredibly brave in coming forward and working with our officers in order to help us try to identify the offender.

“I am appealing for anyone who believes they either know of, or saw a man in this area, matching this brief description we have issued, or who was in the town centre area or nearby between 2am and 4pm, to contact us straight away.

“At this early stage of the investigation, our enquiries would indicate the risk of another similar incident occurring in this area is low but we understand that this attack will have caused a great deal of concern to the local community and as a result, additional police patrols will continue in the area to provide reassurance to residents.

"I would also like to remind people to avoid walking alone in the early hours of the morning. Always plan your journey home by walking in groups, making arrangements to get a lift with friends, or using a taxi.”

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team quoting crime reference 37/42560/19

Website – http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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Previous release | 20 July 2019 - 11.30am

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious sexual assault in Ipswich.

The incident took place at around 3am this morning (Saturday 20 July) and was reported to police shortly before 4.30am.

The victim - an 18-year-old woman - was walking along Silent Street when she was grabbed from behind and dragged into a car park where she was raped by an unknown male.

The victim is being supported by specially trained officers and a cordon is in place within the area to enable police to fully investigate the circumstances.

The male suspect is described as black with curly hair.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact South CID quoting crime reference 37/42560/19

Website – http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Phone – Call 101

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999