A 22-year-old man has been charged with murder following the stabbing of a young woman in Essex.

Detectives remain at the scene where the 21-year-old, named in reports as Laura Davies, was attacked.

The attack took place just before 8.15pm on Friday near a horse sanctuary in Wat Tyler Park, Pitsea, east of Basildon.

Jordan Taylor, of Churchill Avenue, Basildon, was charged on Saturday night and will appear at Basildon Magistrates Court on Monday.

A 20-year-old man from Basildon, who was also undergoing police questioning, has been freed without charge.

Essex police have not formally confirmed the identity of the victim. They said a post-mortem examination showed she died from multiple stab wounds.

She was flown to hospital and died several hours later.

Detective Chief Inspector Marina Ericson has urged anyone with information to call Essex Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.