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Investigation launched after woman raped in Southend

Detectives are investigating a rape which happened in Southend Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation has been launched after a woman in her 20s was raped in Southend.

Officers were called to Pier Hill around 11.30pm on Wednesday night (4 July) to reports that a woman in her 20s had been attacked.

The victim is being supported by specialist officers.

Police are appealing for information.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Steve Franklin said “We’d like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or saw a woman in distress around the Pier Hill area at this time.

"Please contact myself or the Southend Crime and Public Protection Unit on 101, quoting reference 42/94724/18.”

Fourth person charged over fatal Southend stabbing

Fabian Kacica was killed in Southend on Monday May 14. Credit: Facebook

A fourth person has been charged with murder following the stabbing of a teenager in Southend.

Nineteen-year-old Fabian Kacica died from a single stab wound at Farringdon Service Road, outside The Forum, on Monday May 14.

Aidon Pearce, 20, of Treecot Drive in Leigh-on-Sea, is the fourth person to be charged over the killing. He is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court today (Saturday May 19).

A 20-year-old man from Southend, an 18-year-old man from Leigh-on-Sea, and a 17-year-old boy from Shoeburyness have already appeared in court.

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Man in his 20s stabbed in Southend

Police are appealing for witnesses Credit: PA

A man in his 20s has been stabbed in Essex.

It happened on the junction of Elmer Approach and Luker Road in Southend around 7pm on Saturday evening (May 12).

Police say the victim was involved in an altercation, believed to be with four of five teenagers.

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Officers are keen to speak to witnesses or anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage available.

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