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6 June 2011, 11:35
Detectives are telling Heart that a woman who was attacked in Ipswich was sexually assaulted.
Police were contacted shortly after 9:30pm yesterday by the woman who was reporting that she had been assaulted by a man on Robin Drive in Ipswich.
Officers arrived to find a middle-aged woman in a distressed state after the man had let himself into the property. The woman fought him off, forcing him to get away.
DCI Nick Bennett from Suffolk Police:
Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Steve Mattin, said: "We can now confirm that she was sexually assaulted by an intruder in her house. We are extremely keen to identify and arrest him as soon as possible so are appealing for witnesses who may have seen a man matching the description on the Chantry estate between 9-10pm on Sunday night. Furthermore, we would be keen to hear from anyone who knows of someone who may have recent facial and hand injuries."
The man is described as white, in his mid-40s, of average build, approximately 5’5” tall and smelt of alcohol at the time. He may have been wearing a navy-blue fleece and similarly-coloured trousers.
Specialist officers are continuing to support the woman. She was taken to the county’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre. A search of the area was carried out, with the force helicopter and dog units scouring the area for the man but to no avail.
Anyone with information in connection with this attack is urged to contact detectives at Ipswich police station on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.