Police Release E-Fit After Sex Assault

Police are issuing an E-FIT likeness of a man they want to trace following a sexual assault.

Police were called shortly after 11.50pm on Sunday 31st July 2011 to a report that a 19-year-old woman had been sexually assaulted. She had left a friend's house at about 11pm to look for another friend. She was approached by a man at around 11.20pm in Belstead Road in Ipswich who initially asked for her phone but then tackled her to the ground and physically and sexually assaulted her. She sustained minor injuries and bruising.

Officers have been in further contact with the victim, made searches of an area of wasteland, viewed CCTV and have spoken to people living nearby. They are now releasing the E-FIT likeness with an additional description of the man they would like to trace.

He is described as white, around 5 foot 10 or 11 inches tall and of large, broad build. She put him at around 40 years old although his voice sounded much younger. He is also described as having a large chin, a large flat nose with a bump on it and may have a skin condition on his face. He was wearing a dark coloured zip up hooded top with light coloured stripes down both sleeves, dark tracksuit bottoms and training shoes. He was also wearing a tight fitting bracelet that looked like a piece of black string with a copper or brass object dangling off it on the inside of his wrist.

Police are also still keen to speak to three sets of people who were in the area. Detective Inspector Stuart Sowerby, who is leading the investigation said:

"Firstly, the victim asked for directions from a couple on or near Stoke Park Drive at around 11.15pm last Sunday. Secondly, a group of teenagers were walking along Stoke Park Drive towards Bourne Park at around 11.15pm and thirdly a male jogger was seen by a witness in Belstead Road between 11.20pm and 11.55pm. I would urge all these people to contact police as they may be able to assist with our investigation into a frightening attack."

Anyone who was in the area around the time this incident occurred or who has any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact DI Stuart Sowerby at Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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