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6 July 2012, 11:59
Detectives have released an e-fit of a man wanted in connection with an allegation of attempted rape in Basildon.
The attack happened when an 18-year-old woman was walking home through an open park area opposite The Jolly Friar Public House off Whitmore Way at 9:30pm on Thursday, June 21.
She was approached by a male dog walker who pushed her onto a bench and indecently assaulted her.
She was able to kick the man off before running off.
Investigating Officer, DC Nick Brunton, said: "This young woman was put through a terrifying ordeal as she walked home alone, yet had the tenacity to fight off her attacker.
"We have two points of appeal here. Firstly, we’re after anyone who saw this woman. She was carrying a takeaway pizza box at the time so would have stood out from the crowd. Secondly, we strongly urge people to look at this efit and contact us with the name of the man.”
The assailant pictured in the e-fit is described as white, in his mid-late 30s, approximately 5ft 7ins tall, has short, dark-brown hair, a brown moustache and stubble on his face.
He also has a distinctive black-and-white Ying Yang plug earring in one ear.
At the time, he was wearing a mid-length black jacket, blue jeans and white trainers. The dog was a brown-and-white pitbull-type.
Anyone with information in connection with this attempted rape is urged to contact detectives at Rayleigh’s Sexual Offences Investigation Team on 101.