A man has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in West Ham.

Police launched an investigation into the incident after a member of the public found a woman in distress in Paul Street at around 10.30pm on June 1.

The woman, aged in her 30s, was allegedly approached by a stranger while walking home.

Cristino Martinez, of Fabian Street in East Ham, has since been charged with attempted sexual assault by penetration.

The 40-year-old appeared at Stratford Magistrates Court yesterday (July 5) and has been remanded in custody.

He will next appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on August 3.