A man has been charged as part of an investigation into allegations of sexual communications with a child.

Karl Henry, 33, of Great Ranton, Pitsea was arrested on Tuesday November 18 following a call to Essex Police by a third party.

Following work from Basildon CID and the force's Management of Sexual Offenders and Violent Offenders team (MOSOVO), he has been charged with attempting to cause a child to watch or look at an image of sexual activity, attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, and two counts of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).

He appeared at Basildon Magistrates’ Court the following day (WednesdayNovember 19), and is next due to appear at Basildon Crown Court on December 17.