Man charged with rape of girl in Southend

An 18-year-old man has been charged with raping a teenage girl in an Essex seaside resort.

The girl was allegedly attacked behind the Adventure Island feature off Marine Parade in Southend late in the evening on 8 April 2011.

The teenager, from Rochester in Kent, was charged on Monday with one count of rape and one of assault.

He was released on bail to appear before Southend Magistrates' Court on 9 July, police said.

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