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.”