Man ‘raped in alleyway outside UK nightclub’ as 25-year-old is arrested

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a reveller was assaulted in a dingy alleyway outside an Essex nightclub.

Cops were called when the victim told paramedics he had been raped outside the Bar&Beyond nightclub in Chelmsford on Friday morning.

They later arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of rape after reviewing CCTV footage from the scene.

Local shop owner Ashfaq Ahmed, 46, said: “I came to open the shop this morning [Friday] at about 10.30am and saw the tape and a police forensics van parked by it.

“It is so bad that things are happening so close to my shop.

“I was asking the police and people what had happened, but they couldn’t tell me.”

An Essex Police spokesman said: “We were called by the ambulance service at around 4.55am today, Friday, August 9, after a man told paramedics that he had been raped in an alleyway off Baddow Road, Chelmsford.

“We made enquiries at the scene and reviewed CCTV before arresting a 25-year-old man at around 6.40am on suspicion of rape. He remains in custody for questioning.

Anyone with information or dash cam footage is asked to call our Major Crime Time on 101 quoting crime quoting crime reference 42/127440/19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

A spokesperson for Bar&Beyond added: “As this is an ongoing police investigation, all we can confirm is that the alleged incident is not linked to our venue.”