E-fit released after woman raped in Essex woodland

Rape suspect
Image caption Police have released an e-fit of one of the attackers

An e-fit has been released by police investigating the rape of a 24-year-old woman by two men in woodland in Chelmsford, Essex.

The attack happened shortly after 2300 BST on Friday when the woman was sexually assaulted near a nature reserve in Central Park.

The victim, who was left badly traumatised, had been walking along a footpath when she was attacked.

The attack ended when they were disturbed by passers-by.

Essex Police have issued an e-fit of one of the attackers.

Witnesses sought

Investigating officer, Det Insp Barry Wix, said: "This was a serious attack on a defenceless young woman.

"I would urge anyone who can help identify these two men from the descriptions provided to contact us.

"Furthermore, I would also like to hear from those women who were walking along the cycle path."

Both assailants are described as white, in their mid-late 20s, approximately 5ft 8in (1.73m) tall; one had short dark hair, the other slightly longer dark hair, both of medium build and were wearing jeans and white trainers.

One man was wearing a black t-shirt and was sporting distinctive chunky diamond earrings in both ears while his accomplice was wearing a white, checked shirt.

Anyone with information in connection with the rape is asked to contact Essex Police.

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