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Unexplained death of woman found unconscious in Washington

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A woman has died after being found unconscious in the Washington area.

Emergency services received a report for a concern for female at 12.15pm on Monday. The 41-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say at this stage her death is being treated as unexplained and enquiries are ongoing surrounding the circumstances of the incident.

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Investigations continue into a rape in Washington

Officers are continuing to investigate a report of rape in Washington. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Officers are continuing to investigate a report of rape in Washington.

Chief Superintendent Ged Noble said:

Dealing with rape or any sexual offence is incredibly sensitive and hugely distressing for the victim and often it can take time to fully establish the facts around what has happened.

Throughout yesterday and today we have been carrying out further enquiries and we are continuing to work closely with the victim to gather as much information as possible using specially trained officers to ensure she has all of the support she needs.

I completely understand that the local community will be very concerned about this incident and I can assure them that extra police patrols will continue to be in the area.

We take reports of rape and sexual offences incredibly seriously and will always carry out a full and thorough investigation and ensure victims are supported by specially trained officers and we always encourage victims to come forward and report incidents to us.

– Chief Superintendent Ged Noble
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