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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.
A 19-year-old woman is to appear before magistrates charged with the murder of Mark Shaw, whose body was found in his house in Grange Villa, near Chester-Le-Street in December.
Zoe Warren was arrested on 9 March at an address in Washington. She was charged with the murder of Mark, who was known locally as 'Sharky’.
Kieran Adey, aged 18 has already appeared in court charged with Mark's murder; three people remain on police bail while enquiries continue.
Mark Shaw, aged 29 died from a stab wound but had also been subjected to a prolonged assault in his home on Pine Street.
Police are appealing for information after a dispute in a supermarket car park.
The incident occurred around 10.05am on Monday 20th February in Sainsbury's Car Park in The Galleries in Washington.
Officers investigating the incident are keen to speak to any witnesses. Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 258 200217 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Police searching for missing Washington man Adrian Lee believe he is in the Dundee area of Scotland.
58-year-old Adrian was last seen on Monday 2nd January after he left his home in Chipchase in Oxclose. His car - a blue Toyota Aygo registration AJ60 LTU - was later seen on Monday afternoon on CCTV on the Forth Bridge in Scotland.
His car has now been seen in Dundee.
Enquiries are on-going to trace him and police are appealing for the public's help.
Adrian is described as 6ft tall with a shave head and dark goatee beard. He was wearing black lace up shoes, a black sweatshirt and a black Harley Davidson jacket.
His family are becoming increasingly concerned for him and want to hear he is safe and well.
Adrian, or anyone who has seen him is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 271 030117. Anyone phone outside of the Northumbria Police area should be asked to be put through to Northumbria Police when promoted when phoning 101.
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