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16-year-old raped by man wearing balaclava in Newcastle

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was raped in Newcastle by a man wearing a balaclava.

The 16-year-old girl was walking alone along a waggonway from Tyne View in Lemington last night between 10.45pm and 11.05pm.

The girl had left her group of friends and was grabbed as she walked alone along Hadrian Way to Sugley Wayshe.

The man raped the girl and left, leaving her in what police have called 'an extremely distressed state'. The girl then managed to telephone for assistance. She has been taken to hospital for treatment and specialist officers are with her.

The offender is described as approximately 5 feet 4" tall, was dressed all in black, wearing a jumper, trousers and trainers and a balaclava.

Detective Chief Inspector Helen Anderson said:

We're appealing for help from the public to help us find the man responsible for this horrendous attack on a young girl. She is extremely shocked and traumatised as a result of the ordeal she was put through. Understandably this is an incredibly distressing incident for the victim we have specially trained officers ensuring she and her family has the support they need.

It's important we trace the man responsible and I would ask anyone who was in the area at the time and anyone who thinks they may have information that could help, to get in contact with us straightaway.

This area is a popular location for dog walkers and it is believed there was a man with two dogs seen in the area just prior to the attack and police are keen to speak with him."

– Detective Chief Inspector Helen Anderson

Officers are carrying out searches of the area and are making house to house enquiries.

Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Pitchford added:

Officers will be carrying out patrols in the area to offer reassurance to the local community and anyone concerned can speak to an officer.

As part of our enquiries officers are in the area speaking to local residents."

– Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Pitchford

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