A MAN has been arrested after a teenager was seriously assaulted inside her own home.

A man allegedly broke into the flat in Grove Road, Rayleigh, in the early hours of yesterday and attacked the 19 year-old.

Police officers arrived at the property shortly after 2.30am, but the man had already fled the scene on foot.

The young woman was treated by paramedics, before being taken to Southend Hospital for further treatment.

She has since been discharged.

A 28 year-old man was arrested in connection with the assault this morning.

The Metropolitan Police discovered him at home in Edmonton, north London, at about 6.30am, and was transferred to the custody of Essex Police.

The suspect will be taken to Southend Police Station for questioning.

Following initial  enquiries yesterday, officers arrested two men, aged 20 and 22, in Southend on suspicion of assisting an offender.