Sexual Assault: New Description

Police have given Heart a new description of a man they want to talk to over reports of a sexual assault in Ipswich last Sunday.

Police were called shortly after 11.50pm last Sunday 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 about 11.20pm in Belstead Road 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.

Detective Inspector Stuart Sowerby said, “Specially-trained officers have spoken further to the woman and obtained an updated description of her attacker. She describes him 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 younger. He was wearing a dark coloured hooded top with light coloured stripes down both sleeves, dark tracksuit bottoms and light coloured trainers.

“Officers have carried out inquiries over the course of the week, including searches of an area of wasteland, viewing CCTV and speaking to people living nearby. Through these inquiries we have identified three sets of people we want to speak to.

“Firstly, the victim asked for directions from a couple on or near Stoke Park Drive at around 11.15pm last Sunday. Secondly, she also approached a male jogger in the same area between 11.20pm and 11.55pm.
Thirdly, a group of 17-year-olds were walking along Stoke Park Drive towards Bourne Park at around 11.15pm. 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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