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Essex: Woman dragged into bushes and raped in Maldon

A woman has been raped near a supermarket in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman has been raped near a supermarket in Essex.

The woman in her 20s was walking near the Tesco store at Fullbridge in Maldon when she was approached by two men in an underpass at Mill Lane between 5.45pm and 6.15pm last night.

She was then dragged into bushes and was raped.

The man who is suspected of committing the rape is described as being around 30-years-old and of asian or indian appearance.

The woman in her 20s was walking near the Tesco store at Fullbridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

He is 5ft 9ins to 5ft 10ins tall with stubble on his face and was wearing a Superdry jacket with a green logo.

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

"Initial investigations have established the same men may have been seen acting suspiciously in the area earlier in the day.

I need to speak with anyone who may have seen or spoken to the men. I would also like to speak to anyone who was in the area between 5.30pm and 7pm who may have seen anything.

I have a team of detectives obtaining information about the suspects to enable us to arrest them as soon as possible.

Maldon is a safe town to live in and I appreciate how shocking an incident like this will be to the community.

I am working with the local policing commander to ensure patrols in the area are increased to both reassure residents but also to gather information about those responsible.”

– DCI Simon Werrett, Essex Police



Communities remain on flood watch

One flood warning remains in place this evening after a day of high winds and rain along the East coast.

While the worst of the weather appears to have left Norfolk and Suffolk, the Environment Agency is still urging communities close to the waterfront in Maldon and the Hythe to prepare for flooding.

Lesser "flood alerts" are also in place across all three counties.

Man rescued after becoming stuck in the mud off Essex coast

A man had to be rescued after becoming stuck in the mud off the Essex coast last night.

His 16-year-old daughter raised the alarm just before 9.20pm.

Her father had got into difficulty on the mud flats at St Lawrence Bay near Maldon. He was trying to retrieve his glasses which he had lost earlier in the day.

Coastguard rescue teams were deployed from South Woodham Ferrers, Southend and Clacton. A rescue helicopter was also called to the scene.

The man was plucked from the mud and taken to Colchester Hospital. He is believed to be safe and well.

This morning, the coastguard said: "We would like to remind members of the public that the mud flats around the Essex coast are very dangerous."

Classic car lovers dream

The event took place at Maldon in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Some of the world's rarest cars have gone on display in Maldon in Essex.

The Warren Classic and Supercar show took place on Saturday.

Hundreds turned out to enjoy the sunshine and the cars!

The Ferrari owned by Eric Clapton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

On display was a Marussia Formula one car as well as a Rolls Royce once owned by Mick Jagger and a Ferrari owned by Eric Clapton.

Rolls Royce once owned by Mick Jagger Credit: ITV News Anglia

Keeping the peace

A report has named three areas in the East as the most peaceful places in the UK.

The survey by the Institute for Economics and Peace looked at rates of murders and violent crimes to come up with the list.

The Norfolk district of Broadland came out top with South Cambridgeshire and Maldon in Essex also getting a mention as Luke Farrington reports.

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