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Woman raped after attack by two men in Maldon

PUBLISHED: 10:35 25 January 2015 | UPDATED: 10:35 25 January 2015

Police appeal after burglary.

Police appeal after burglary.

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A woman has been raped in an alleyway close to a supermarket in Maldon.

The local woman, in her 20s, was walking away from the Tesco store at Fullbridge when she was approached by two men in the underpass at Mill Lane between 5.45pm and 6.15pm last night.

The men dragged the victim into bushes and she was raped.

Detectives have cordoned off the scene while police forensic investigations continue, and the woman is being supported by specially trained officers.

The first suspect is described as of Asian or Indian appearance, around 30-years-old, 5ft 9ins to 5ft 10ins tall with stubble on his face and was wearing a Superdry jacket with a green logo.

He is the one suspected of the rape.

The second man with him was slightly taller than the first and wore a black coat and a hooded top with the hood up.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett said: “Initial investigations have established the same men may have been seen acting suspiciously in the area earlier in the day.

“I need to speak with anyone who may have seen or spoken to the men.

“I would also like to speak to anyone who was in the area between 5.30pm and 7pm who may have seen anything.

“I have a team of detectives obtaining information about the suspects to enable us to arrest them as soon as possible.

“Maldon is a safe town to live in and I appreciate how shocking an incident like this will be to the community. I am working with the local policing commander to ensure patrols in the area are increased to both reassure residents but also to gather information about those responsible.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact detectives at Chelmsford on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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