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Ipswich sexual assault

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after two reported incidents of sexual assault in Ipswich.

At approximately 6:45am yesterday, Wednesday 26 June, a woman was walking along the river path under the bridge off Yarmouth Road when she became aware of a man walking behind her. 

The man approached her and asked for the time, which she gave. At this point, he put his arm around her shoulders causing the victim to shout out.

The suspect then positioned himself in front of the victim to block her path and grabbed her T-shirt, pulling it up exposing her chest. The victim threw the coffee she was holding over the suspect and was able to run away. 

Police are linking this to another incident of sexual assault in the town, which occurred last week.

At approximately 6:55am on Friday 21 June, a woman was walking along Yarmouth Road, near the Territorial Army hall, when she was approached by a man who asked her for the time. The man then walked alongside her, asking questions before he put his arm around her and tried to kiss her. 

The victim was able to push him off and run away.

Both victims have described the suspect as having dark skin, of being between 5ft 7ins and 6ft in height, in his mid-20s, of slim build and having short, dark hair. He spoke with a foreign, possibly eastern European, accent and was wearing dark clothing.

It is believed the man may have approached others in similar circumstances and so police are appealing for anyone with information, or those who may have witnessed either incident, to visit www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update quoting reference 36955/19, or contact the Ipswich Central Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.

Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.