A man accused of attacking and harassing a woman is due to appear in court today.

Bruce Williams, 22, of St Leonards Road in Nazeing, is charged with visiting Stephanie Smithers’ home in Harlow on November 4, 8 and 11 and sending her friend an indecent image via text message.

Mr Williams is also alleged to have hit Ms Smithers on March 1 and destroyed a patio door at her home worth £1,000 on March 2.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court today.