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Police are investigating after a woman was bundled into a car, driven to an unknown location and sexually assaulted.
The attack happened on Monday night (March 1st). It was about 8.15pm when the young woman was walking along Rush Green Road, Clacton. She was approached by a man who was on foot, assaulted and bundled into a white car that was parked nearby. She was then driven away to an unidentified location and subjected to a sexual assault. The car was later driven to Pump Hill, St Osyth about 11.30pm where she was set free and sought help from a nearby house.
The victim is helping police and is being supported by specially trained officers to obtain a comprehensive account of her ordeal. The woman suffered minor injuries and did not require medical treatment. The only description currently available of the man responsible is that he was white, in his 50s, with grey, receding hair.
Detective Superintendent John Quinton, who is leading the investigation, said, "This type of crime is extremely rare and I am hoping that the public will come forward with information that will help us solve it. I ask anyone who was in the area of Rush Green Road around 8.15pm on Monday evening or who was in Pump Hill around 11.30pm and may have seen the young woman, the man, or the car, to contact the police. The victim was very upset after being released and anyone who may have seen her would have noticed her distress"
Police have carried forensic examinations of the Rush Green Road and Pump Hill areas.
Anyone who has any information that may assist police with the investigation is asked to call the Major Investigation Team on 01206 762122, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.