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Two men arrested in connection with a rape

19 Mar 2015 17:02 PM

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UPDATE 5.50pm

Two men - both aged 29 - have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently helping police with enquiries.

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Police are carrying out enquiries after receiving a report a 17-year-old girl had been raped in Gateshead.

The incident happened in Watergate Park around 3.15am this morning (Thursday, March 19).

Officers are carrying out enquiries to establish the circumstances and are appealing for witnesses.

Anyone who was around Watergate Park in Watergate Bank in the early hours of this morning is asked to get in contact.

It's believed the girl had been in Collingwood Street earlier in the night.

Neighbourhood Inspector Cheryl Warcup said: "This is clearly a distressing incident for the girl and we have specially trained officers ensuring she has the support she needs.

"We're carrying out enquiries into the incident and would ask anyone who thinks they have information that could help to get in contact.

"Officers will be carrying out patrols in the area to offer reassurance to the local community and anyone concerned can speak to an officer."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 97 190315 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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