A cordon is in place in an alleyway in Harwich while police investigate a serious sexual assault reported close to a pub.

Essex Police received a call at about 6am today (August 6) from a woman stating she had been sexually assaulted close to The Bottle Kiln Wetherspoons.

The force says the victim is receiving support from specialist officers.

A cordon is now in place at an alleyway running from Kingsway to Empire Road and police officers will remain in the area today to carry out enquiries as a probe has been launched.


An Essex Police spokesman said: "We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed anything in the area this morning or have any further information, CCTV or dashcam footage to contact us.

"You can let us know by submitting a report on our website or by using our online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm."

Visit www.essex.police.uk/digital101 to find out more about the force's website reporting services.

Alternatively, call police on 101. In an emergency always call 999.

To make an anonymous report, contact Crimestoppers by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.

Anyone reporting any information is urged to quote incident 255 of 6 August to make sure it gets to the right person as quickly as possible.