WOMEN have been cleared of attacking a man in Southend.

The trial of Carla Dowling, 45, of Sutton Road, Southend and Lorraine Perry, formerly known as Moore, 30, of Appleford Court, Basildon concluded after it was alleged they attacked a man on a road.

The women denied attacking the man - Perry’s former partner – at a set of traffic lights in Southend and damaging his car in the same incident on March 20, 2019.

The court heard that the women had stopped the man driving off, before smashing the car's wing mirror, kicking the door and then attacking the man by punching and kicking him.

During the trial, Dowling claimed she was working at the time of the incident.

Following the trial at Basildon Crown Court, a jury acquitted both women of causing actual bodily harm, but convicted them unanimously of causing criminal damage.

Following the verdict, Recorder Noel Casey chose to give both women a conditional discharge on the count of criminal damage for a year.

This means they face no further action if they do not commit more crimes.