Man released without charge over Essex attempted rape

Essex Police released an e-fit of a man they are trying to trace. Credit: Essex Police.

A man arrested in connection with the attempted rape of a woman in Witham has been released without charge.

Detectives are now making a fresh appeal for witnesses to what happened on January 3rd to a woman in her 20s.

They had arrested a man on January 30th but this afternoon they confirmed he had been eliminated from their enquiries.

The victim was attacked by a man as she walked along a pathway in Powers Hall End and Bluebell Close/Bramble Road. She managed to fight him off and got away.

The man is described as white, just under 6ft tall, of large build, with dark bushy eyebrows, green eyes and short, shaved dark hair.

He was seen wearing a black puffed jacket with a hood and bright blue denim jeans and was carrying a grey and black backpack. The man is believed to have spoken with a foreign accent.

Anybody with information can contact the Stanway Major Investigation Team on 101 or email