Man tried to strip woman in Cairns: police

Tracey Ferrier

A man has been charged with attempted rape after he allegedly removed his pants and tried to tear the clothes off a woman in the heart of Cairns.

The 36-year-old woman was walking into a Grafton Street property about 2.30am on Tuesday when police allege the man approached her and took off his shorts before trying to undress her.

The man fled when she screamed for help and members of the public came to her aid.

A 24-year-old Portsmith man was taken into custody and subsequently charged with one count each of attempted rape and indecent assault and he is due to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on Thursday.