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The face of a suspected rapist

Police have released this e-fit of a suspected rapist Credit: Essex Police

Detectives investigating the rape of a young woman in Maldon have released an efit image of one of the suspects.

A woman aged in her 20s from the local area was walking away from the Fullbridge Tesco store near the underpass at Mill Lane when she was grabbed by two men, dragged into bushes and raped.

The attacked happened between 5.45pm and 6.15pm on Saturday, January 24.

The first suspect who carried out the assault and subject of the efit image, was of Asian appearance, 25-30-years-old, 5ft 10in to 6 ft tall, with stubble on his face. He wore a Superdry jacket which had a green logo.

The second man was slightly taller than the first, and wore a black coat and hooded top with the hood up.

Two men who had been arrested in connection with the inquiry have been released without charge.

"It is really important that people have a close look at the efit image and let us know as soon as possible whether they recognise this man." "Equally, are you aware of anyone matching these descriptions who was acting strangely over the weekend and may have been in the Maldon area?

"I need anyone who has any information to contact my team as soon as possible so we can catch the men responsible and get justice for this woman.”

– Senior investigating officer DCI Simon Werrett


Giant T-rex statue unveiled in Cambridge

Giant t-rex statue in Cambridge Credit: University of Cambridge

A giant statue of a Tyrannosaurus Rex called Clare will be unveiled in Cambridge today.

The metal sculpture is described as "half life-size" and will be on display outside the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Clare near the Sedgwick Museum Credit: University of Cambridge

Clare was the centrepiece of Clare College's May Ball last summer - the theme was "primordial".

The statue had to be moved through Cambridge to get to the party.

The statue being moved through Cambridge Credit: University of Cambridge


UPDATE: M11 Essex - slip road to Airport down to one lane after several accidents

Queueing traffic for one mile, exit slip road to Stansted Airport partially blocked and hazardous driving conditions due to ice and snow on M11 Northbound at J8 A120 (Stansted Airport).

The dedicated slip road from the M11 to the Airport is down to just one lane after several accidents caused by vehicles struggling to get up the slope.

There is still access to Stansted via the roundabout. The slip road was closed for a time.

GP facing jail for child sex abuse

A GP is expected to be jailed today for raping and sexually abusing young girls.

Dr Hugh Blaise O'Neill, 61, of Tasburgh in Norfolk, was remanded in custody after a hearing at Norwich Crown Court in December and warned he is likely to face a custodial sentence.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and one count of gross indecency against one victim who was under 14 at the time of the offences, and two counts of gross indecency against a second victim, also aged under 14, Norfolk Police said.

A police spokesman added: "The offences, which date to between January 1 1995 and December 31 2002, do not relate to his professional role."

O'Neill has been suspended from his duties by local NHS managers. He will return to court to be sentenced this morning.

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