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Police ask taxi drivers for help in rape investigation

Detectives investigating the rape of a woman in Newcastle have appealed fort taxi drivers who were working the night of the attack to come forward.

The 20-year-old woman was helped into a taxi after the alleged rape in the early hours of Saturday (December 28) by a good Samaritan.

Police are also appealing for this man to come forward.

He helped her at around 2 am on the junction of Newgate and Grainger Streets in the city centre.

Three men charged with rape of young boy in Newcastle

Three men have been charged with raping a young boy in Newcastle.

The men are aged 45, 32 and 21.

They faced a total of fourteen charges of raping a boy under the age of thirteen, when they appeared before magistrates.

All three have been remanded in custody.

It follows a report that a young boy had been raped at an address in the city, which was reported to police on Tuesday, December 10.

Blyth rape: Police appeal for information

Police are appealing for information after a woman was raped in Blyth.

Around 12:30am on Sunday, December 8, a 21-year-old woman was raped in a toilet cubicle in the Blyth and Tyne pub in Seaforth Street.

The offender is described as being white, in his late 30s or early 40s and of thin build.

He has curly brown shoulder length hair and stubble. He was wearing light blue jeans and a T shirt.

Officers believe the man may have been in the smoking area of the pub before following the victim into the toilets.

Police are appealing for witnesses.


Rapist jailed for life after York attack

A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of raping a woman in York on New Year's Day.

Billy Joe Craven, 19, admitted to the attack on a 26-year-old woman at Del Pyke, in the Groves area. She was taken to York District Hospital for emergency treatment after the incident.

Craven pleaded guilty to rape, sexual assault and grievous bodily harm and was sentenced at York Crown Court last Friday.

Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Costello, of North Yorkshire Police said:

"This was a truly vicious attack and, in my 22 years' police service, I have never seen anything more harrowing than the CCTV footage that captured the entire offence.

"The level of injuries sustained by the victim made her unrecognisable.

"I hope the life sentence helps her to put this horrendous ordeal behind her."

– Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Costello, North Yorkshire Police

Whitley Bay rape appeal

Northumbria Police say they have received a good response from the public following last night's Crimewatch Whitley Bay rape appeal.

The rape took place at 3.45am on Sunday, October 16, in the rear lane of Esplanade Place, behind Zync Bar and a reconstruction was shown on Crimewatch last night.

We have had a good response so far to the Crimewatch appeal. We have received more than 40 calls which we are being followed up by detectives working on the investigation. We're continuing to appeal for anyone with information about the attack to contact the force's Rape Investigation Team on the 101-non emergency number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Det Insp Paul Race, Northumbria Police

Police renew rape appeal

Police are renewing their appeal for information about a rape in Whitley Bay.

A 29-year old woman was assaulted in the rear lane of Esplanade Place near Zync Bar at around 3.45am on Sunday 16 October.

The victim was with a male friend when the attack happened. He was punched and she was raped.

A reconstruction of the incident and interviews will be shown on BBC's Crimewatch tonight to appeal for more information.