Police still want to trace one key witness in relation to the attempted rape of a young woman in Witham.

Detectives want to speak to a man who was captured on CCTV wearing a red hoody or beanie hat.

He is not a suspect in the case, but police believe he may hold information which is key to the investigation.

The man was seen at 8.53am walking from Bramble Road towards the footpath where the attack took place.

Here is the man on CCTV:

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At 8.57am, the same man is seen walking along Powers Hall End in the direction of the roundabout junction with Flora Road.

A woman with a pushchair who detectives were trying to trace has now come forward.

Detective Inspector Al Pitcher of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “I am very keen to speak to the man captured on dash-cam in the area at the time of this incident.

“I’m keen to point out that he is not a suspect but he could be a vital witness to our investigation.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who recognises the suspect as shown in the e-fit.

“If you think you know him please contact us.

"We have forensic evidence that means we can quickly eliminate people from our enquiries.”

The woman in her 20s was attacked at around 8.45am on Wednesday, January 3, as she walked along a pathway near Bramble Road, Witham. She managed to fight off the man and got away.

The suspect is described as white, just under 6ft tall, of large build, with dark bushy eyebrows, green eyes and short, shaved dark hair.

He was seen wearing a black puffed jacket with a hood and bright blue denim jeans and was carrying a grey and black backpack.

The man is believed to have spoken with a foreign accent.

Contact the Stanway Major Investigation Team on 101 or email scd.appeals.essex@essex.pnn.police.uk