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Man arrested in connection with Lemington rape

13 Jun 2016 10:43 AM

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***Update 13/06/16***

Police investigating a rape in Lemington on Friday, May 27, have arrested a 31-year-old man in connection with the incident. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Specialist detectives continue to investigate the attack and support the teenage victim. Anyone with any information that could help police should still contact police on 101 quoting reference 1430 27/05/16.

 

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Police in Newcastle are continuing to carry out enquiries into the rape of a teenage girl in Lemington.

It happened on Friday, May 27 between 10.45pm and 11.05pm as the 16-year-old girl was walking alone along a waggonway from Tyne View in Dumpling Hall / Lemington walking eastwards.

The teenager had been with friends earlier who had walked part of the way with her before leaving to go to their homes. 

As she continued on alone along Hadrian Way to Sugley Wayshe was grabbed by a man wearing a balaclava.  He then raped her and left, leaving her in an extremely distressed state.  She then managed to telephone for assistance.

Since the attack specialist officers have been supporting the victim and her family and officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team have been carrying out extra reassurance patrols in the area where the attack happened.

A team of detectives from Central Rape Investigation Team are investigating the incident and are carrying out house to house enquiries and checking CCTV opportunities from all around the Lemington area to try and identify the attacker.

The offender is described as being taller than 5ft 4ins, of skinny build and was dressed all in black. He was wearing a black jumper, black tracksuit bottoms, black trainers and a balaclava.

Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Pitchford said: "We've had extra officers out speaking with local people, reassuring residents and making enquiries in the local area since this incident happened.

"Lemington is a close knit community and I know from speaking to residents just how shocked and horrified they are by what has happened.

"That's why it's so important that we identify and find who has done this as soon as possible. There is no place for anyone who behaves like this in our city and I'd urge anyone living in the area who has any information as to who might be responsible to come forward and speak to us.

"Information can be passed to us over the phone, in person either to a police officer out on patrol or at one of our stations or it can even be done anonymously by ringing Crimestoppers.

"People can be reassured that we are doing all we can to identify and catch this man however if anyone is concerned then we suggest that they may feel safer, especially on a night, if they stick to main paths and well lit areas.

"If you're going somewhere unfamiliar, make sure you know where you are going and how to get there and where possible try and always stay with friends or in groups when walking home.

"If you feel uncomfortable when someone is walking behind you, turn quickly and walk the other way – don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you see anyone suspicious then ring the police straight away – don’t wait.

"Keep your phone fully charged at all times so you can contact your friends, family and police should you need them and if you ever think you are in any kind of danger then ring police straight away on 999."

Officers need to speak to anyone who was in the Lemington / Dumpling Hall area on Friday night and noticed anything unusual in the area of the attack, or anyone with information about the incident.

They should call 101 quoting reference number 1430 27/05/16 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.







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