Sexual assault in Grangetown
Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted in Grangetown.
The 15-year-old victim was walking across an area of recreation ground, known locally as ‘the rec’ between Normanby Road and Church Lane in Grangetown at 7pm on Wednesday 6th February.
As she walked, she passed a man crouching down on the ‘rec’ who then came up behind her and dragged her to the ground where he sexually assaulted her.
He was disturbed by a female voice in the distance shouting and ran off. The victim heard agroup of girls laughing, in the distance.
Police believe these girls may have witnessed the man fleeing the scene and we would appeal for these girls to contact us to help in any way they can.
The man is described as white, 40-50 years old, 5’10” – 6’ tall, of stocky build with broad shoulders.
Animal welfare groups concerned by the number of horses tethered on open land.
Animal welfare groups are taking action to deal with the high numbers of horses tethered on open land after Cleveland Police received more than 2000 complaints in just one year.
They fear it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt. They also fear horses could break free and run through housing estates and along major roads.
Police believe there are up to 250 horses tied to posts in a 2 mile radius of Grangetown and South Bank in Middlesbrough. A large number of the horses are stallions.
The British Horse Society and the RSPCA are holding a gelding clinic to try to stop the numbers rising further.