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Maldon sees visitor numbers rise

The 2014 Maldon Mud Race Credit: PA

There's been an increase in the number of people taking day trips to Maldon in Essex.

The area - famous for its annual mud race - saw visitor numbers rise by 13.2 percent

This means the value of tourism to the District is more than £182 million - more than was generated during the Olympic year of 2012 - and supports over 3,200 jobs.

Tour De France 2015: Alex Dowsett named in Movistar team

Alex Dowsett celebrates his new record Credit: Lynne Cameron / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Essex cyclist Alex Dowsett will be one of ten Britons in this year's Tour de France, which begins on Saturday in Holland.

The Maldon rider will compete in his first Tour with the Spanish Movistar team.

Meanwhile Chelmsford's Ian Stannard will ride for Team Sky. It's the biggest British contingent in the Tour since the 1960's.


Scheme to protect Essex's historic buildings to launch at First World War aerodrome

A plane comes in to land at Stow Maries airfield in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A new scheme to protect heritage buildings in Essex is being launched at the Stow Maries aerodrome near Maldon today.

The Heritage Watch programme is a partnership between police and other local organisations who want to protect important sites in the county.

It works in a similar way to Neighbourhood Watch schemes and encourages members of the public to join in.

Essex: Man arrested on suspicion of Maldon rape

Police increased patrols in Maldon following the rape. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape following an incident in Maldon last month.

The man has been arrested on suspicion of rape, indecent exposure and outraging public decency.

It's after a woman in her 20s was dragged into bushes and raped near the Tesco store by Mill Lane on January 24.


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

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
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