AN investigation has been launched after a mum claimed her 11-year-old son was “strangled and dragged along the road” by an unknown man.

A man has been arrested and questioned after the alleged attack but officers are now appealing for information.

The mum, who will remain anonymous, took to social media to appeal for witnesses and CCTV after the shocking incident, in Wimarc Crescent, Rayleigh, on Wednesday.

She said: “My 11-year-old son has just been strangled, dragged along the road and pushed in a bush by an older man.

“He has now been arrested.

“I know there are some witnesses but I am looking for any CCTV as I know a lot of people along Cheapside West have cameras.

“So if anybody has anything please help. I know the flats near Sweyne End have two cameras and I think the best view may be from there.”

It is not known if the boy was seriously injured and the motive for the vicious attack remains unclear.

A spokesman for Essex Police confirmed officers were called to the scene and added: “Police were called to reports of a disturbance, during which a child was assaulted, in Wimarc Crescent, Rayleigh at about 6.30pm on Wednesday, April 3.

“Officers attended the scene and arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of assault and possession of an offensive weapon.

“The man was questioned by police officers and has since been released under investigation while our enquiries continue.”

The weapon in question is unknown at this time.

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Essex Police on 101.

Alternatively, information can be given 100 per cent anonymously to independent crimefighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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