Victim in appeal to catch Ipswich sex attacker

A Suffolk woman who was sexually assaulted in her home by an intruder has appealed for help in catching him.

In a media statement Suffolk Police quote the woman, who comes from Ipswich, as saying she was "so scared on the night of the attack that I thought I was going to die".

The man let himself into her home in the Chantry area at 2130 BST on 5 June.

She appealed to others who may have suffered similar assaults or have information to help the police.

The man was white and in his mid-40s. He is described as being about 5ft 5in (1.65m) tall, of average build and was wearing a navy blue fleece and navy blue trousers.

He smelt of alcohol and tobacco.

'Very shaken up'

She goes on to say in the release: "The police have been doing all they can but have been unable to identify the offender.

"I appeal to anyone who might be able to identify the man that came into my home that night and attacked me to get in touch with the police immediately.

"I am still very shaken up over what happened and have been suffering from panic attacks.

"It is affecting my life and I'm scared I won't be able to move on from it.

"I think I will only be able to move on when this man has been caught."

Police commend bravery

Detectives are also renewing their appeal for information about the attack.

Det Ch Insp Nick Bennett said: "I commend the bravery of the victim of this nasty incident in coming forward and appealing for help.

"I appreciate this is a very difficult time for her and we are doing all we can to support her at this difficult time.

"We continue to urge anyone who recognises the man from the description, who has seen a man with recent scratch marks to his face, arms, or hands or who has any information about this incident to contact us without delay."

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