Suffolk

Ipswich rapes: Man arrested over town centre attack

Three 15-year-old girls have been raped at a flat in Ipswich.

A police spokesman said officers were dealing with a number of allegations of rape at a flat in the town centre.

A friend of one of the victims called police at just after 03:00 BST. The property is being treated as a crime scene.

A 19-year-old man from the Ipswich area is being held on suspicion of rape and possession of a controlled drug.

The girls are being supported by specially-trained officers and inquiries are in their early stages, police added.

'Isolated incident'

Det Ch Insp Neil Luckett said: "This is a very serious offence and officers from the major investigation team are working closely with colleagues to find out exactly what happened and who was involved.

"The victims are currently receiving support from police and partner agencies through the Sexual Assault Referral Centre.

"This appears to be an isolated incident and we would like to reassure members of the public that these types of offences are extremely unusual, both in Suffolk and nationally."

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area of Franciscan Way in the early hours of Friday to contact the Norfolk and Suffolk major investigation team.

They also want to hear from anyone who may have seen a group of men coming from the direction of St Nicholas House.

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