Detectives close investigation into sexual assault
Detectives investigating an allegation of sexual assault in
Colchester have closed their investigation.
A woman claimed she was pushed into bushes and sexually assaulted
in Berechurch Road on March 10, 2011, but officers are assuring
residents it did not occur.
The woman is currently receiving treatment from mental health
Det Insp Steve Jennings said: "The woman made an allegation that
a man pulled her into bushes and assaulted her and I can assure
local people that this did not occur. We have checked CCTV and made
very thorough enquiries in the local area.
"Stranger rape or sex assaults are very rare in Essex but we do
want women to take sensible precautions if they are out late at
night or coming home after an evening out. It is always preferable
that women travel home with a companion or use public transport or
"I want to assure local people, especially woman, that Essex
Police takes sexual assault offences extremely seriously. We have
specially trained officers and a sexual abuse referral centre where
victims can receive medical help and support from specialists
outside the police service."