Man arrested over Southend sex attack

A man has been arrested in connection with a sex attack on a nine-year-old girl in Essex.

The girl was found by a passer-by in an alleyway off Scratton Road, Southend, on Monday evening.

A man, 22, was detained in Harlow and is being questioned in connection with the assault, an Essex Police spokesman said.

Detectives said the victim was being cared for by specially-trained officers.

"We are doing everything we can to look after her following this traumatic ordeal," a force spokesman said.

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