Essex Police hunts man after alleged Southend sex attack

POLICE have increased patrols in Southend after a woman reported that a man tried to rape her yesterday morning.

The woman said she had been attacked in the early hours of Sunday, September 8.

Police were called at half-past-midnight with ‘concerns for the welfare of a woman on Sutton Road’.

Officers were told that a man approached the woman near All Saints Church and tried to rape her.

However, she managed to fight him off and he fled in the direction of York Road.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “Extra officer patrols have been taking place in the area, so if you have any information or concerns, please speak to one of our officers.”

The alleged attacker described as roughly 5’10” tall with black hair.

A police spokesman said: “If you were in the area around the time of this and either saw or heard anything suspicious, or saw a man matching this description, please call the South Major Investigation Team on 101.”

Callers are asked to quote crime reference number 42/143834/19.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Charles Thomson

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