Woman sexually assaulted while sunbathing

Tynemouth Longsands.
Tynemouth Longsands.
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A man has been arrested following a sexual assault in North Tyneside.

A 23-year-old woman was sunbathing on Tynemouth Longsands, at the Priory end of the beach, on Sunday when the incident occurred at around 1.50pm.

A man was seen to sexually assault the woman before they both left the beach and drove off together.

It is believed a number of people who were also on the beach witnessed this incident and helped the woman to leave the beach together with the man.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Phil Mordue said: “These sorts of incidents on public beaches are most unusual and I’m sure if people saw this take place they would remember it

“We know that a number of people helped the man and woman get into their vehicle and we are asking for these people, or anyone with information to come forward as it may help our enquiries.”

Neighbourhood Acting Inspector Barbara Gilhespy said: “While we know this may have caused concerns, I’d like to reassure the community that this is an isolated incident and we have officers on regular patrols in the area.

“Members of the public who are concerned can speak with an officer, or can contact us on 101.”

A 66-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and released on bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number 542 of 07/08/16 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.