Sexual assault in Gateshead

13 Dec 2015 00:00 AM

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted in Gateshead.

It happened on Thursday, December 10 at 3.45pm in Blaydon Dene.

A 55-year-old woman was walking up the Dene, a wooded area, going towards Winlaton, when she was approached from behind by a man who was with a dog. The man spoke to her and sexually assaulted her.

The woman struggled and the man and his dog then made off.  The woman was shocked and distressed by the incident but otherwise uninjured. 

The offender is described as a white man, approximately 6 feet tall, in his 30s, thin build, with stubble and looked unwashed. He was wearing a knee length coat, dark coloured jeans and a black belt.  He was softly spoken. The dog with him is described as medium sized mongrel, quite plump with small ears and was not wearing a collar.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Ady Oakes said: "We're appealing for witnesses for anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen or heard anything suspicious.  We have a detailed description of the offender and his dog and would appeal for anyone who may recognise them to call the police.

"This was an isolated incident and most unusual to have happened here.  We know incidents of this nature cause concern and we have extra officers on patrol in the area to reassure people."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 512 of 12/012/15 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.