Nationwide appeal to trace man in connection with sexual assault

North Yorkshire Police have issued an urgent appeal to trace a man in connection with a sexual assault on a teenage girl that happened in Whitby last weekend.

Police need to speak to 27-year-old Gheorghe Mighali, who they believe can help with their investigation.

Police want to speak to this man in relation to the incident Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Mr Mighali, a Romanian national, is known to have visited the Whitby area on or around Tuesday 5 March.

He was then seen in Middlesbrough on Thursday 7 March, in Hartlepool on Friday 8 March and Newcastle on Tuesday 12 March.

Gheorghe Mighali is white, of slim build, 5ft 5in tall, with long dark hair and with a pronounced nose and full lips.

The sexual assault in Whitby happened in the Stakesby Road and Station Avenue area between 9pm and 10pm on Saturday 9 March.

The teenage girl was approached and sexually assaulted by an unknown man.

Police enquiries remain ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

*Detective Chief Inspector Andrea Kell said: *

“I am appealing for people to contact the police if they have seen Gheorghe Mighali or a man matching his description.

“He was last seen in Newcastle on Tuesday 12 March but it is possible that he could be using public transport to visit any part of the country.

“If you can help us trace him, please contact the police as soon as possible.”

Please call police with any information on 101, or if you would prefer to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.