1. ITV Report

Police appeal after woman raped in Lowestoft

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was raped in Lowestoft at the weekend.

The victim – in her 30s – was walking along Oulton Road on Sunday morning between 4.15 and 4.45am when she was offered a lift home by the man.

On the way he stopped in Kimberley Road and raped her in the vehicle – a small light or silver coloured car.

The man is described as Asian, between 30 and 40, and of a slight build. Credit: Google maps.

She managed to escape the car and get help, and is now being cared for by specially trained officers.

The man is described as:

  • Asian
  • Aged between 30 and 40
  • Short and of slight build

The suspect presented himself as genuine and the victim accepted a lift in good faith.

However, I would warn anyone against getting into a vehicle with a stranger, or from walking alone at night. Always plan your journey home by walking in groups, making arrangements to get a lift with a friend, or using a taxi.

– Detective Superintendent Marina Ericson

He said during the lift that he often gave lifts to people to ‘make friends’, and is believed to have gone along Oulton Road, Church Road, Boston Road, St Peters Street (A1144), Bascule Bridge, Belvedere Road, Horn Hill, Waveney Drive, Durban Road, and Kimberley Road.

Police want anyone in those areas, or anyone who has been offered a lift by someone in similar circumstances to come forward.

Detectives are specifically appealing to the driver of a blue or green coloured Ford Fiesta which had broken down in Kimberley Road at around 5.30am to come forward. He was given assistance to get the car started and may have information that could help.