Woman assaulted in Houghton

14 Jan 2016 00:00 AM

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

The incident happened at 8.50pm on Tuesday, January 12, in Beatrice Terrace in Mount Pleasant, Houghton.

The victim, a 44-year-old woman was walking her dog when she saw the occupants of a car throw rubbish out of the window. The victim picked up the rubbish and asked those in the car to take it away with them. Four cars were parked up at the time and the occupants of all of the vehicles got out and challenged the woman resulting in her being assaulted. She suffered moderate injuries as a result of the assault.

It's believed around eight to ten youths were involved.

Officers are appealing for information.

Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Pescod said: "This was a senseless assault on a woman walking her dog who was trying to ensure the local area is not littered with rubbish and those who are responsible should be ashamed of themselves.

"Enquiries to identify those responsible are ongoing and I would ask anyone who has information about this group of youths to get in contact with us."

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 977 120116 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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