Key witness sought in rape investigation
16 Mar 2016 15:00 PM[View Full Size]
Police investigating a report of a rape that happened in South Shields are appealing for a key witness to come forward.
The incident happened inside an address in Hyde Street on Sunday February 28. Two men have been arrested on suspicion of rape and have been released on police bail.
Detectives are carrying out enquiries and are keen to speak to a taxi driver who may have taken the victim and two men from a taxi rank in Anderson Street to Hyde Street, both in South Shields, between 2.55am and 3.05am.
Officers are keen for the taxi driver to get in contact as a witness as it's thought they may have key information that can help police with the investigation.
Detective Constable Alison Brown said: "We'd like to speak to the taxi driver who took the victim and two men to Hyde Street in the early hours of Sunday February 28, possibly around 3am in the morning or maybe slightly earlier.
"The taxi driver may have information that can help in our enquiries and we're keen to speak to them as a witness."
The taxi driver or anyone with information is asked to get in contact with Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 572 280216 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.