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Essex Rape: 13-Year-Old Attacked By Five Men
A teenage girl was so traumatised after being raped by five men that it took her three years before she mentioned the attack, police have said.
An investigation has now been launched by Essex detectives into the assault on the girl, who was just 13 at the time.
An e-fit image of the alleged ringleader has been released to the media.
The attack took place at around 9.30pm on February 24, 2011.
It happened as the girl was walking home along an alleyway between Bardfield Way and Langham Drive in Rayleigh.
She was assaulted by five men, aged between 25 and 35, and dragged to a nearby field where the assault continued, police said.
Detective Constable Danny Cooper said: "This was a terrifying assault by five men on a girl who was aged 13 at the time.
"She was traumatised and remained scared of the men until she found the courage to tell her mother what had happened.
"We want to hear from anyone in the area of the Birds Estate who has any information about this incident or from anyone who can identify the man in the e-fit who was the main perpetrator.
"He is described as being white, between 5ft 8 to 9in tall, with thick dark-coloured eyebrows and pronounced jawline and cheek bones. At the time he had spiked gelled hair."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
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