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Vulnerable woman raped while attending private party in Manningtree

PUBLISHED: 12:54 25 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:45 25 October 2017

Police (stock image)

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A vulnerable woman was raped after being led to a remote area by a man while attending a private party in Essex.

The victim attended an Essex Young Farmers’ event with her friends in Grange Road, Manningtree, on Saturday, July 8, and went to use the toilets at around 11pm.

The toilets were located in an outdoor barn and while walking, the victim was approached by a man who struck up a conversation with her. He then led her to a remote area nearby and raped her.

The suspect is described as white, aged in his late teens or early 20s, at least 5ft 5ins, and of a medium build with dark hair.

Investigating officer Dc Jade Lawton said: “The suspect preyed on a vulnerable woman as she was alone in a dark, remote area of the venue before subjecting her to a terrifying ordeal.

“Our investigation has been progressing and we have spoken to a large number of witnesses, however, there are some still outstanding that could hold important information.

“The victim has shown huge strength and bravery throughout this investigation our officers are continuing to give her the continued specialist care and support she needs.

“We urge anyone who attended this event and saw anything suspicious or anyone with information to get in contact with us calling 101 quoting incident 82 of 09/07/2017 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

Councillor Ruth Stocks, mayor of Manningtree, said: “We are shocked, this type of thing doesn’t happen in Manningtree. It is a lovely town.

“It must have been very traumatic for the woman. We hope the police are successful in their appeal in finding the young man responsible.”

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