Witness appeal following Whitley Bay rape

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WITNESSES are being sought following a rape on a Whitley Bay beach.

The sex attack took place at 2.25am on Sunday, July 29, when the woman went to the beach with a man she had previously met in Pier 39, a bar in Whitley Bay.

While on the beach, the man raped her.

He told the victim he was from the Leeds area and it is believed he was in Whitley Bay as part of a stag party.

He is described as white, short dark hair which was longer on the top, around five feet four inches to five feet five inches tall, of medium build and in his mid 30s.

He was wearing a black t-shirt with writing on the back and dark coloured jeans.

Detective Inspector Paul Race, from Northumbria Police’s Rape Investigation Team, said: “We’re carrying out initial enquiries into this incident and are keen to hear from anyone who may have any information to help us with these enquiries.

“At this stage it’s not believed to be linked to any other similar incidents in the area.”

Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.