Business help sought in rape probe

DETECTIVES investigating the rape of a young woman in Chelmsford are appealing to business managers in the Maldon area for help in identifying the attacker.

By Roddy Ashworth

DETECTIVES investigating the rape of a young woman in Chelmsford are appealing to business managers in the Maldon area for help in identifying the attacker.

The rape happened on Tuesday, August 14, when a 25-year-old woman was forced by a man into bushes next to a residential care home on Corporation Road at 4am.

The student had been enjoying a night out with friends at Chicago Rock Café in the town centre when they all left to return to their respective homes.


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The woman shared a taxi with a man who she believed had been with the party, and both got out on Corporation Road.

The man then raped the woman before running away when nearby residents hurried to the spot after hearing the woman's screams.

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Investigating Officer, Det Con James Hardingham, said: “During the taxi journey, the man made several amorous advances towards the victim which were swiftly rejected.

“He also mentioned that he worked in Maldon, but didn't say exactly who for or what he did.

“This is clearly something very significant and a line of enquiry that is central to the investigation.

“We would ask managers of businesses in that area to look closely at the man's description and if it matches a staff member or colleague, then they should contact us immediately.”

The rapist is described as black, approximately 5'11” tall and of medium build.

He has very dark skin, short dark hair and speaks with an African accent. He also has a diamond earring.

Police are continuing to examine CCTV footage from the town centre as well as the nightclub in a bid to ascertain whether the attacker has been captured on camera.

Anyone with information in connection with this rape is urged to contact detectives at Chelmsford police station on 01245 491212.

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