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Police investigate report woman was raped by two men in Ashington

Police are investigating after a woman reported being raped by two men in a wooded area of Northumberland.

It allegedly happened at Black Close Bank in Ashington, between 12noon and 12.30pm on Saturday, May 19.

The first suspect is described as a white male in his 50s, around 5ft 5ins tall, of medium build with short grey hair. He was wearing a polo shirt with checked shorts, and is believed to have driven away in a dark-coloured car.

Minutes after the first incident, in the same location, a second unknown male is reported to have raped the same woman before leaving on foot.

The second suspect is described as a white male in his 40s, taller than 5ft 3ins, of large build with short hair. He was wearing a zip-up dark jacket, blue jeans and was carrying a hessian bag.

“A thorough investigation is under way and specially trained offices are supporting the victim and her family at this time.

“We have increased patrols in the area and would like to assure the local community that we are doing everything possible to bring those responsible to justice.

"If anyone has any information they think may be useful to our investigation, or saw men matching the descriptions above around the time the incidents took place, then I would ask them to get in contact with us."

– Detective Constable Nicola Bell, from Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for help from the public and want to speak to anyone who was in the area and may have seen or heard anything suspicious to contact police on 101 quoting reference 1187 190518.