Sex attack in Ipswich woodland did not happen, police say

Police have closed an investigation into an alleged sexual assault reported by a 20-year-old woman in Ipswich.

After speaking to the woman, detectives said the supposed incident on 9 August did not happen.

She had said she was attacked in woodland behind Downside Close at 05:00 BST when a man pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.

Officers conducted a thorough investigation and established that the incident could not have occurred.

The woman is being supported by her family, a police spokesman said.

Det Insp Stuart Sowerby said: "This report concerned a lot of people in the local community and as such it was thoroughly investigated.

"While this particular incident has turned out to be a false claim we want to reassure members of the public that anyone reporting a rape or sexual assault in Suffolk will receive a full level of support from specially trained officers.

"They will have access to specialist facilities at Suffolk's sexual assault referral centre and the incident will be investigated by detectives dedicated to investigating serious sexual offences."

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