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Sunday, 28 August 2011

Six Arrested After Three Girls, All 15, 'Gang Raped' In Ipswich Flat

Police investigating the gang rape of three 15-year-old girls have arrested three teenagers and three men, officers said tonight.

The girls were subjected to the brutal attack in a town centre flat in Ipswich, Suffolk, in the early hours of yesterday.

Officers were called to the property shortly after 3am, when a friend of one of the victims raised the alarm.

Attack: The gang rape occurred in a flat in Ipswich town centre.

A police spokeswoman has now confirmed that six people, including three teenagers, have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Detectives have not elaborated on details of the brutal attack, or how the men were able to enter the flat.

A police spokesman said the victims did not know their attackers and the men had not been invited into the flat.

'Suffolk Police are at present dealing with a number of allegations of rape at a property in Ipswich,' the spokesman said.

'Officers were called at just after 3am this morning, Friday 26 August by a friend of one of the victims and a scene is currently in place at the property.

'Three female victims, all aged 15 years old, are being spoken to and given assistance by specially trained officers this morning.

'A police pod has been set up for concerned residents to talk to officers.'

The three girls have been interviewed by specially-trained officers but did not need hospital treatment, the spokesman added.

Earlier today, a 19-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of rape and possession of cannabis while another 19-year-old and a 17-year-old were also arrested on suspicion of rape.

They were interviewed at the Ipswich Police Investigation Centre before being bailed this evening and ordered to return on October 13 pending further inquiries.

And this evening police confirmed that three more arrests have now been made.

A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said: 'Police investigating after receiving allegations that three teenage girls were raped have made three further arrests.

'Three men, one aged 25 and two aged 20 have been taken into custody where they will be interviewed by detectives.'

Detective Chief Inspector 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.'

Forensic teams were at the flat today.

Anyone with information should contact Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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