Woman from Essex withdraws sex attack allegation

A young woman who said she was sexually assaulted in an alleyway in an Essex port town early on Saturday has withdrawn the accusation.

The woman was interviewed at length by specially trained police officers to obtain a detailed account of the incident, police said.

"She has withdrawn her allegation and confirmed that she was not the victim of any offence," a spokesman said.

Police did not say if any further action would be taken.

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