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Police urge people in Ashington to check home security after rape

Police are investigating an allegation of rape in Ashington Photo: PA

Extensive police enquiries are continuing into the rape of a woman at her home in Ashington.

Extra officers are on patrol in the North Seaton area and are carrying out house to house enquiries and speaking to residents to reassure the community.

Police were at around 1.50am on Wednesday July 5 following a report of a woman being raped by an intruder.

The offender is described as a white male, around 5'5" of slim build.

This has clearly been a hugely distressing incident for the victim and we have specialist officers working with her to offer support at this incredibly difficult time.

We know the community will be shocked by what has happened and I would like to affirm that we are doing all we can to identify and arrest the offender.

We ask the public to remain vigilant at this time, check the security of their premises and contact police immediately if they have any concerns."

– DCI Helen Anderson, Northumbria Police