Man charged with rape

A man is set to appear in crown court later this summer after having been charged with the rape of a woman in Southend.

The attack happened when a man approached a then 54-year-old local woman near a car park on Essex Street at 12:30am on Thursday, July 5, 2012 and sexually assaulted her for several minutes before walking away.

50-year-old Dean Emery, an unemployed man from Campfield Road in Shoeburyness was arrested and later released on police bail pending further enquiries. On Tuesday, July 9, he was charged with one count of rape.