Woman sexually assaulted in courtyard of Ipswich apartment building, Foundry, The Mill, in College Street
A young woman was sexually assaulted in Ipswich during the early hours of this morning, prompting a police search.
The woman was walking along the waterfront from the direction of Stoke Bridge between 3.10am and 3.20am, when she was approached by a man who tried to make conversation with her and asked for her number.
When she refused to give it to him and attempted to get away from him, he chased 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.
The suspect is described as black, aged in his early 20s, approximately 6ft tall, of slim/lanky build and with black hair styled in small, thick, dreadlocks.
He was wearing all-black clothing, including a gilet and facemask.
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.
Information can be given to the South Safeguarding Investigation Unit in Ipswich via the police website or by calling 101, quoting reference: 58039/21.