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Ipswich – Man bailed following sexual assault

Police have released on bail a man who was arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a woman in Ipswich last weekend.

The incident occurred between 3.10am and 3.20am on Sunday 17 October in the courtyard area of the apartment building called Foundry, The Mill, in College Street. 

The victim – a young woman – was walking along the Ipswich waterfront from the general direction of Stoke Bridge, where she was approached by a man who tried to make conversation with her and then asked for her number, which she refused to provide him.

As she has tried to get away from the man, he then proceeded to chase her into the courtyard area of Foundry, The Mill, where he then assaulted her.

A 23-year-old man arrested in connection has now been released on police bail, pending further enquiries, to answer on Saturday 20 November.

Anyone walking or driving in the area of the Ipswich waterfront near Bridge Street, Foundry Lane or College Street, between 3am and 3.30am and saw anything that could assist the investigation are urged to contact police.

Motorists who were driving in the area at the time and have a dashcam fitted in their vehicle are asked to review the footage for any suspicious activity or persons captured.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Safeguarding Investigation Unit in Ipswich, quoting Operation Lodge21 (crime reference: 37/58039/21). 

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

Phone – Call 101


Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999

Previous release I 24 October 2021

Detectives investigating the sexual assault of a woman in Ipswich last weekend have arrested a man

The incident occurred between 3.10am and 3.20am on Sunday 17 October in the courtyard area of the apartment building called Foundry, The Mill, in College Street. 

The victim – a young woman – was walking along the Ipswich waterfront from the general direction of Stoke Bridge, where she was approached by a man who tried to make conversation with her and then asked for her number, which she refused to provide him.

As she has tried to get away from the man, he then proceeded to chase her into the courtyard area of Foundry, The Mill, where he then assaulted her. The victim screamed for help, alerting the attention of residents in the building which caused the suspect to run off back in the direction of the waterfront. 

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning, where he remains.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Hinitt said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim who was simply walking home after a night out.

“We are grateful to everyone who has assisted us with the investigation to date; following information received by members of the public, we have arrested a man in connection with the incident. Whilst the arrest is a significant development in our investigation, our enquiries are ongoing.”

Anyone walking or driving in the area of the Ipswich waterfront near Bridge Street, Foundry Lane or College Street, between 3am and 3.30am and saw anything that could assist the investigation are urged to contact police.

Motorists who were driving in the area at the time and have a dashcam fitted in their vehicle are asked to review the footage for any suspicious activity or persons captured.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Safeguarding Investigation Unit in Ipswich, quoting Operation Lodge21 (crime reference: 58039/21). 

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

Phone – Call 101

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

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

Suffolk Police has recently endorsed the use of the Street Safe link of the national police website www.police.uk/streetsafe.

This online tool enables anyone to anonymously flag public places and mark on a map the areas where they feel unsafe. The results from this tool will help us to target hotspot areas, for example with extra patrols, and work together with partners to improve wellbeing for communities.

Previous release | 21 October 2021

Police investigating a serious sexual assault in Ipswich at the weekend are issuing a CCTV image of a man they would like to trace as part of their enquiries.

The incident occurred between 3.10am and 3.20am on Sunday 17 October, in the courtyard area of the apartment building called Foundry, The Mill, in College Street.

The victim – a young woman – had left Unit 17 nightclub in Cardinal Park and walked a short distance to the waterfront area of the town, where she was approached by a man who asked for her phone number, which she refused to provide him.

As she has tried to get away from the man, he then proceeded to chase her into the courtyard area of Foundry, The Mill, where he then assaulted her. The victim screamed for help, alerting the attention of residents in the building which caused the suspect to run off back in the direction of the waterfront.

Detectives are now issuing a CCTV image of a man they would like to trace in connection with this incident and are appealing for anyone who believes they know who he is to contact them immediately.

Officers would also like to hear from anyone who was inside Unit 17 nightclub and may have seen the man pictured in the image, or who may have any other information that could be of assistance to the investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Hinitt said: “This was a terrifying and cowardly attack on a young woman who was simply walking home after a night out.

“Our officers are making significant progress with the investigation into this crime and have made numerous enquiries since Sunday morning. This includes an extensive search of CCTV from various locations around town and speaking with residents living in the vicinity of the attack.

“We are grateful to everyone who has assisted us with the investigation to date, including all the town centre businesses who have provided us with their CCTV and in particular Unit 17, who have been especially supportive.

“The CCTV image we are releasing today forms a key line of enquiry for us and I am appealing for anyone who believes they know the man in the picture to contact us without delay.”

Detectives are also continuing to appeal for anyone who was walking or driving in the area of Cardinal Park or the Ipswich waterfront near Bridge Street, Foundry Lane or College Street, between 3am and 3.30am and saw anything that could assist the investigation to make contact.

Motorists who were driving in the area at the time and have a dashcam fitted in their vehicle are asked to review the footage in case they captured a man matching the description above, especially if he was walking in close proximity to a young woman.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Safeguarding Investigation Unit in Ipswich, quoting Operation Lodge21 (crime reference: 58039/21).

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

Phone – Call 101

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

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

Suffolk Police has recently endorsed the use of the Street Safe link of the national police website www.police.uk/streetsafe

This online tool enables anyone to anonymously flag public places and mark on a map the areas where they feel unsafe. The results from this tool will help us to target hotspot areas, for example with extra patrols, and work together with partners to improve wellbeing for communities.

Previous release | 17 October 2021

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

The incident occurred between 3.10am and 3.20am this morning, Sunday 17 October, in the courtyard area of the apartment building called Foundry, The Mill, in College Street. 

The victim – a young woman – was walking along the Ipswich waterfront from the general direction of Stoke Bridge, where she was approached by a man who tried to make conversation with her and then asked for her number, which she refused to provide him.

As she has tried to get away from the man, he then proceeded to chase her into the courtyard area of Foundry, The Mill, where he then assaulted her. The victim screamed for help, alerting the attention of residents in the building which caused the suspect to run off back in the direction of the waterfront. 

Detective Inspector Sarah Elliott said: “Officers are currently progressing a number of lines of enquiry to identify the suspect, and we are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and who saw a man matching the description above to make contact. 

“The victim was walking in an area that is still relatively busy at that time of the morning and should be able to do so freely and without fear of being harassed or assaulted.”

Detectives are appealing for anyone who was walking or driving in the area of the Ipswich waterfront near Bridge Street, Foundry Lane or College Street, between 3am and 3.30am and saw anything that could assist the investigation to make contact.

Motorists who were driving in the area at the time and have a dashcam fitted in their vehicle are asked to review the footage in case they captured a man matching the description above, especially if he was walking in close proximity to a young woman. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Safeguarding Investigation Unit in Ipswich, quoting reference: 58039/21. 

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

Phone – Call 101

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

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

Suffolk Police has recently endorsed the use of the Street Safe link of the national police website www.police.uk/streetsafe.

This online tool enables anyone to anonymously flag public places and mark on a map the areas where they feel unsafe. The results from this tool will help us to target hotspot areas, for example with extra patrols, and work together with partners to improve wellbeing for communities.