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Police appeal over concerns for Sunderland woman's welfare

Police are continuing to appeal for the public's help following concerns raised over the welfare of a woman in Sunderland.

Witnesses reported seeing a man and woman arguing in a silver vehicle, believed to be an old-style Honda Civic, outside the Ivy House Pub in Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.

The woman got out of the car after the argument and walked off down the rear lane of Alice Street.

The man then drove after her and people nearby reported hearing a thud and a woman's scream. He was then seen putting the woman into the car.

The man is white, in his early 20s, 5'8" - 5'10" tall, with short blond spiky hair, and was wearing a dark top and jeans with large back pockets.

The woman is white in her early 20s, around 5'9" tall, with dark shoulder-length hair and was wearing a cream jacket or top and dark jeans or trousers.

"We've been carrying out detailed enquiries to find out what has taken place here and to determine if any crimes have been committed.

"At this time we are keeping an open mind, however we are obviously concerned for the welfare of this woman and ask that she contact us as a matter of urgency.

"I would also urge anyone with information about this incident to come forward if they have not already done so as any details, however seemingly trivial, might be important."

– Detective Inspector Paul Woods, Northumbria Police