POLICE cordoned off a section of land in West Thurrock over the weekend as they made forensic investigations following an alleged rape.
A man has been charged and appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Saurday. Iulian Mititelu, 32, of Charlton Street, Grays, was also charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and making threats to kill. He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Basildon crown Court on Friday, 13 July.
Police are treating the incident as a targeted attack. The woman continues to receive support from specialist officers.
The alleged attack took place in Cygnet View at around 3.30pm on Tuesday, 12 June. The area cordoned off stretched from an access point off the A1306 and Cygnet View, which is the access road to Tesco Extra and other stores and a McDonalds restaurant.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the west Adult Sexual Abuse Investigation team on 0300 33 444 ext 360850 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.