Police appeal one week after rape

ONE week on after a woman was raped in Wallsend, police are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

Last Friday, betweem 2.30am and 3am the a 27-year-old woman was walking home alone near Archer Street in Wallsend after a night out with friends when she was attacked, leaving her traumatised.

Now detectives are asking anyone who was in the area last week around the time of the incident to contact them.

Her attacker is described as in his late 20s, of medium build and with a shaved head.

He spoke with a local accent and was wearing a dark long sleeve top - possibly a jumper - trousers and black dress style shoes.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who was in or around Archer Street on Friday morning and saw anyone fitting the man’s description or saw anyone acting suspiciously.

Detective Inspector Paul Race of Northumbria Police’s Rape Investigation Team said: “We are continuing to make enquiries in the local area and we are still asking anyone who was in or around Archer Street in the early hours of Friday morning last week to come forward.

“No matter how small or insignificant people think the information they may have, it all helps us build a picture of what happened and could prove crucial in helping us apprehend the offender.”

Additional patrols continue to be carried out in the area.

North Tyneside Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, said: “This incident was extremely traumatic for the victim and we are continuing to work with her and her family and supporting them as much as we can at this time.

“We also understand the affect incidents of this nature can have on the wider community and extra officers are continuing to carry out patrols in the area to offer reassurance.”

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