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Church service held after teenager raped in Shiremoor

The vicar at St Mark's Church in Shiremoor led a church service on Sunday evening after reports a teenage girl had been raped in the grounds.

The young teenager reported being attacked last Monday evening at around 8pm after being forcibly led from Park Lane into the church grounds by a stranger who police believe is in his early teens.

Most people have found out over the weekend about what happened, most people are deeply in shock and very sad about what's happened here in Shiremoor, which is a really strong, close-knit community

We held a church service on Sunday evening once the news broke to pray for the local community, for the victim and her family, and for healing in our community. But also, there is a lot of work with children and young people that goes on at St Mark's and that will be continuing and we want to make sure that people know that we're here to bring the community together and that we'll be helping them look after each other.

– Father Tony Curtis

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

Northumbria Police put extra patrols on Tyneside

Northumbria Police has put extra patrols in the area of Shiremoor in North Tyneside after a young teenage girl was taken to and raped in church grounds.

Detective Sergeant Donna Rose said: "Reports of this nature are obviously concerning and we're doing everything possible to establish exactly what happened."

"We also know that these incidents can be concerning to the local community, there are extra patrols in the area."

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Teenage girl raped in church grounds on Tyneside

Police are investigating a rape against a young teenage girl, who was forcibly taken to and then attacked in a church yard.

The girl was walking along Park Lane in Shiremoor, on Monday October 13 at 8pm, when a stranger led her towards St Mark's Chruch and raped her in the grounds.

The attacker is believed to be in his early teens.

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.

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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
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