Girl, 9, sexually assaulted in Southend alleyway

A nine-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in an alleyway, police have said.

Essex Police said the girl was found by a member of the public in an alleyway off Scratton Road at 17:00 GMT on Monday.

"The victim is being cared for by specially trained officers. Inquiries are continuing to trace the suspect," a force spokesman said.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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