Teenage girl sexually assaulted near Braintree park

Suffolk Police stock images.
Picture:Sarah Lucy Brown

A teenage girl was sexually assaulted near a park in Braintree (file photo) - Credit: Archant

A teenage girl is being safeguarded by specialist officers after she was sexually assualted in Braintree.

The girl was walking near a park, off Goldingham Drive, when the incident happened shortly after 9am on Monday.

A police cordon was put in place overnight as officers launched an investigation into the incident.

No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.

There will continue to be a highly visible policing presence in the area throughout Tuesday.

Detective Inspector Kevin Hughes, of Essex Police, said: "I understand there will be concern within the community as a result of this incident and my team are acutely aware of this too.

"Residents will have noticed a large policing presence in the area throughout today and that will continue throughout tonight and into tomorrow as we progress our enquiries.

Most Read

"Our investigations are focused on the hour between 8am and 9am and I would appeal to anyone in the Goldingham Drive, Park Drive, Thackery Close and Forsyth Drive areas who has dashcam, doorbell or CCTV footage available to come forward and speak to us if you have not already done so."

Anyone with information related to the incident is urged to contact Essex Police, quoting incident number 263 of November 22.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter