Attempted rape in Sunderland

17 Dec 2015 00:00 AM

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Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted rape in Sunderland.

The incident happened in St Bedes Terrace at 4.36am this morning (Thur Dec 17). A woman, in her 20s, was approached by a man who grabbed her. She screamed and the man ran off in the direction of Main Road - towards Park Lane and Mowbray Park.

The man is described as mixed race, between 5ft 9 inches and 5ft 11 inches tall, short dark hair, aged between 20 to 25, and was wearing a white t-shirt with a blue and yellow design and jeans.

A cordon is currently in place to allow officers to carry out enquiries into the incident and officers are in the area to offer reassurance to the local community.

Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: "At 4.36am this morning we received a report of an attempted rape in St Bedes Terrace and this is obviously an incredibly distressing incident for the victim and alarming for the local community.

"Our priority is to ensure the victim has the support she needs at the current time and that the offender is caught and we would ask anyone who has information that could help with our investigation to pass this on to police - they can either give this to an officer on patrol or by ringing 101.

"Specialist officers will be supporting the victim throughout our enquiries."

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting reference 149 171215 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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