Appeal after woman raped in Heaton Park

22 Feb 2016 12:45 PM

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Police are appealing for information after a rape in Newcastle.

Between 10:50pm and 11:10pm on Sunday, February 21, a 22-year-old woman was raped while walking alone in Heaton Park.

Officers believe the attack happened in woodland area between Sambuca restaurant and the bowling green area of the park.

The initial description that we have of the suspect is that he is white, around 6ft tall and of stocky build. He was wearing dark jeans, a dark hooded top and had short blonde hair.

Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and officers are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Newcastle Superintendent David Felton said: "We have officers carrying out searches of the park area this morning to try and identify exactly where this offence has taken place.

"They are checking CCTV cameras within and around the park to see if we can identify anyone entering or leaving the area around the time of the incident and we are speaking to local people to see if anyone saw or heard anything last night.

"We have specially trained officers supporting the victim and her family and we will have a policing presence in the Heaton Park and Jesmond Dene areas to reassure local residents.

"We are doing everything we can to identify and arrest the man responsible for this and we need anyone who might have any information that could help us to come forward and speak to us as soon as possible.

"Anyone who was walking, running or just in the area of Heaton Park or the surrounding areas last night, and who saw anyone or anything suspicious, please get in touch with police and help us find this man."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1129 21/02/16.


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