Essex

Chelmsford attempted rape: Arrested man bailed

A man arrested by police investigating the attempted rape of a woman in Essex has been released on bail.

The 28-year-old woman was punched in the face before the attacker tried to rape her while she was on the ground in New Street, Chelmsford, on 1 March.

The woman was treated for facial injuries, including an injured eye.

A 25-year-old man from Chelmsford was arrested during stop checks in the town centre on Thursday. He has been released on police bail.

A 20-year-old man from Chelmsford was also arrested on Thursday after a woman reported an incident of sexual touching while walking in Duke Street, Chelmsford, earlier that day.

He has also been released on police bail.

Police warned women not to walk home alone and to be "absolutely vigilant" about personal safety following the attack and two other sexual assaults in Chelmsford.

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