Essex

Canvey Island murder: Police release photo of man they want to speak to

Anthony Ayres Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption People have been warned not to approach 48-year-old Anthony Ayres

A 36-year-old woman has died after she was found with neck injuries following an assault on Thursday.

Police are treating the attack on Canvey Island, Essex, as murder and have issued a photo of a man they "urgently need to speak to".

Anthony Ayres, 48, is described as 5ft tall, white, and of medium build. Officers warned the public not to approach him and instead to dial 999.

The attack in Fairlop Avenue was reported at 16:55 GMT.

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The injured woman was taken to Royal London Hospital for treatment, but was declared dead later.

The scene of the attack was sealed off for forensic examination.

Police say they are now carrying out house-to-house inquiries.

Image caption Police are continuing to search the house where the woman was found

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