Woman Attacked In Ipswich: Life Changing Injuries

5 November 2018, 17:36 | Updated: 5 November 2018, 17:38

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Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward after an assault in Ipswich at the weekend which left a woman with serious injuries.

The incident occurred at around 12.05am yesterday morning, Sunday 4 November, on Stoke Bridge, near the entrance to the skate park.

Initial CCTV enquiries have found that the victim, a 45-year-old woman, was walking over the bridge in the direction of the town centre. When she reached the entrance to the skate park, she passed another person walking in the opposite direction who appears to strike her with a single punch, resulting in her falling to the ground. The suspect does not break stride and continues walking in the direction of Stoke Street.

A few moments later, members of the public stop and assist the victim and call an ambulance. She was then taken to Ipswich Hospital having sustained a serious head injury, before later being transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital. Her condition is now described as stable and her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, but are potentially life-changing.

Officers are appealing for anyone who was in the area of Stoke Bridge between 11.45pm on Saturday 3 November and 12.17am on Sunday 4 November, and saw anything suspicious to make contact. They are also keen to hear from anyone driving in the area that night who has a dash cam fitted in their vehicle.

The victim was wearing a white coat, red woolly hat, red hooded jumper, blue denim trousers and blue trainers.

Detective Inspector Dan Connick, of South CID, said: "After reviewing the CCTV footage of the incident it would appear that this was a random and motiveless attack.

"However, at this early stage we are retaining an open mind and have not yet been able to speak to the victim due to the nature of her injuries, which are severe.

"The incident occurred directly at the side of the road, which despite it being just after midnight, was still busy. We know there were a number of people on foot and in vehicles in the area immediately before and after the attack and so I am directly appealing to those people to come forward."

Anyone with information about this attack is asked to contact South CID at Landmark House in Ipswich on 101 quoting reference 63902/18, or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.