Appeal 10 years after rape

Northumbria Police is appealing for information ten years after a 16-year-old girl was raped in Washington.

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Ten years after a 16-year-old girl was raped at knife point in Washington, Northumbria Police are renewing their appeal for help in tracing her attacker.

He is about six foot tall and will now be around 50 years old. The victim, who remains anonymous, is asking the public to help her to make sure this does not happen to anyone else.

Rachel Sweeney reports:

Police: "We will find him"

Northumbria Police renew their appeal for information ten years after a 16-year-old girl was raped in Washington.

"We're renewing our appeal to make sure he gets caught and faces the consequences of the attack and give the victim the opportunity to move on from the ordeal.

"The man will know he is wanted by police and our message to him is despite it being ten years since the attack, our enquiries will continue and new forensic advancements will mean we will find him."

– Superintendent Jim Napier, Sunderland Area Command

"Incidents like this do not happen often and it is even more unusual that the attacker has not yet been caught. However, we understand attacks like this cause concern in the community and I'd like to reassure people that our enquiries will continue.

"We want people to take a look at the image and, bearing in mind the man may look older, contact us if they think they know who he is or have information that could help us identify him."

– Superintendent Jim Napier, Sunderland Area Command

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Appeal for help ten years after Washington rape

Artist's impression of the attacker

Ten years after a 16-year-old girl was raped in Washington, Northumbria Police is renewing its appeal for help to trace her attacker.

The girl was dragged into bushes at knife point, in the Old Village on 22nd July 2003. She was left with marks on her throat.

Ten years after the incident, the victim said: "Please help me find the man responsible for raping me so no one else has to go through what I am going through".

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