Rape victim urges public to come forward with information

THE victim of a rape which happened in Whitley Bay at the weekend has made a plea to the public to help catch her attacker.

The rape took place at 3.45am on Sunday, October 16, in the rear lane of Esplanade Place, behind Zync Bar, when a 29-year-old woman and a male friend were approached by an unknown man who attacked the friend, knocking him out.

The offender assaulted the woman and then raped her before making off in the direction of the promenade.

The victim said: “Both my friend and I are devastated by what has happened to us and we are struggling to comprehend why someone would do this to us.

“We don’t want to make ourselves known to the public but we are making this plea – please contact police with any information you may have which can help catch our attacker.”

Police have had a positive response from the public after their previous appeals for information in connection with this incident and Detective Inspector Paul Race has praised the public for coming forward.

He said: “We have had a good response and have received over 20 calls which has given us a few more lines of enquiry to investigate.

“We still urge anyone who may know who this offender is, or has any information about this incident to contact police immediately.”

“Whitley Bay on a Saturday night/Sunday morning is often very busy. We make our appeal not only to anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the offence but to anyone who may have witnessed this man in Whitley Bay at any point during the evening of Saturday, October 15.

“The information we have received so far is very helpful and we hope that more people continue to come forward in order to help find the person responsible.”

Chief Inspector Steve Readdie, North Tyneside Area Command said: “We want to make people aware that we are doing all we can to find the offender and extra police resources have been called in.

“But we do need the help of the public to catch the person responsible. So please ring the police straightaway if you think you may have information that could help.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043043 ext 69191 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.