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Man arrested after Newcastle rape

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Police investigating a rape that happened in Newcastle city centre in the early hours of Tuesday, October 27, have arrested a man, 27, on suspicion of rape. He remains in custody.

Officers are continuing their appeal for anyone with information to get in touch. Northumbria Police says anyone who was in the Saville Row area around 4.30am on Tuesday could have vital information that will help with the investigation.

Police release CCTV images in rape investigation

Police investigating a rape in Newcastle have released CCTV images of a man they want to identify.

The incident took place between 2.00am and 3.30am on Sunday, August 23.

The alleged victim was raped after leaving the O2 Academy on Westgate Road as she walked along the top of Pink Lane at the junction with Waterloo Street.

It is thought this man was in the area at the time of the attack and may be able to assist with enquiries Credit: Northumbria Polcie

Anyone who recognises the man pictured is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, extension 69191, quoting reference 278 230815.


Police appeal after man raped in Sunderland

Northumbria Police has issued an appeal for information after a 23-year-old man was reportedly raped in Sunderland.

The incident took place in the early hours of the morning on Sunday September 13 in the Panns Bank area of the city centre.

The victim had his mobile phone, watch and wallet stolen.

Police are investigating the incident which is thought to have happened between the victim leaving a nightclub in Holmeside, in the early hours, and 5.30am on Sunday morning.

"There are properties nearby to where the incident happened and it may be that someone was in the area and saw something or has information that can help with our enquiries. We're working to identify who the offender is and would ask anyone who has information to come forward and speak to us.

"We will have additional officers in the area carrying out regular patrols and speaking to people. If anyone is concerned I would urge them to speak to an officer. We also have specialist officers working with the victim to offer him support at this time and this will continue throughout our investigation."

– Detective Inspector Dave Swinburne, Northumbria Police

Police appeal for information after woman raped in Middlesbrough

Cleveland Police have issued an appeal for information after a woman,34, was reportedly sexually assaulted and raped in Middlesbrough.

Police say the incident took place at around 10:40pm on Tuesday (28th July) when the woman left The Junction pub at the junctionsof Borough Road and Union Street.

The woman was approached by a male on a BMX bike and walked with him to meet a second male before going to an address nearby.

After leaving this address, they were walking along St Aidan's Drive when one of the males pushed the victim to the ground and sexually assaulted and raped her.

The victim managed to break free and run away. She suffered bruising to her arms and lumps to the back of her head.

“We would like to reassure the local public that we are doing everything that we can to trace this man. Anyone with information regarding him or anyone who may have seen a man acting suspiciously in the area around the time of this incident is urged to contact us.”

– DC John Roberts, Cleveland Police

Police say the suspect has been described as a white male in his late twenties, 5ft 9" tall, and of stocky build. He was wearing a flat cap with green and beige checks on it and possibly a grey tracksuit. He was also pushing a mountain bike.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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."


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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