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Lowestoft rape suspect fled country three days after attack

PUBLISHED: 13:25 22 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:28 22 December 2017

Kimberley Road, Lowestoft, where a woman was raped in a car in the early hours of December 9. Picture: Mick Howes

Kimberley Road, Lowestoft, where a woman was raped in a car in the early hours of December 9. Picture: Mick Howes

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Detectives investigating an allegation of rape in Lowestoft earlier this month have identified a suspect in connection with the attack.

Detective Superintendent Eamonn Bridger is leading the investigation. Picture: Nick Butcher Detective Superintendent Eamonn Bridger is leading the investigation. Picture: Nick Butcher

The incident happened on Saturday, December 9, when a woman in her 30s was raped in a car on Kimberley Road at some time between 4.15am and 5.15am.

At about 4am, the victim had accepted a lift from the stranger driving what she describes as a small light or silver coloured car because she believed he was a Good Samaritan.

After the attack, she managed to get out of the car and ran away to get help, following which the police were called.

Officers have been following a number of lines of inquiry in connection with this attack, including forensic work, along with CCTV and house-to-house enquiries.

Police checks being carried out in Lowestoft last weekend in the wake of the attack. Picture: Suffolk Police Police checks being carried out in Lowestoft last weekend in the wake of the attack. Picture: Suffolk Police

As a result of these enquiries a suspect has been identified, but he left the United Kingdom three days after the attack occurred, prior to coming to the attention of police.

The suspect is now wanted by Suffolk Constabulary in connection with this incident and the police will be continuing their efforts to bring the individual to justice despite his current location.

Det supt Eamonn Bridger, the senior investigating officer for the case, said: “We have made excellent progress in this inquiry and are grateful to all the members of the public who have provided us with information for their assistance.

“We have now identified a suspect for this attack and are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with the attack.

“Unfortunately this individual left the country before he became a person of interest to us, but we are now working to bring him back to the United Kingdom as we are determined to achieve justice for the victim.”

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101, quoting reference 78398/17.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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