Police appeal after Jesmond attack

28 Sep 2016 10:41 AM

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Police investigating an unprovoked attack on a woman in Jesmond are releasing images of the injuries she suffered in a re-appeal for witnesses.

At 1:25am on Thursday, July 14, a 21-year-old woman was assaulted while walking in Shortridge Terrace.

She had been approached by a man who struck her in the back of the head with an object, thought to be a hammer, knocking her to the ground.

The woman was taken to hospital with a head injury and hand injury. .

Her attacker is described as being around 5ft 7ins tall, of stumpy / fat build, bald and was wearing a black short sleeved polo shirt with pink and blue print on the front and blue jeans.

Enquiries were carried out into the incident however officers have been unable to identify the attacker or a reason why he may have committed this offence.

Officer in charge of the investigation DC Karen Jenkins said: "This was an unprovoked and very unusual offence. The young woman was walking back from Sunbury Avenue to Shortridge Terrace when this man came up behind herĀ  and for no reason attacked her. He struck her a number of times with what we believe was a metal hammer causing significant injuries to her head and hand.

"He left without taking anything so this doesn't appear to have been a robbery, which makes it all the more unusual, and we are very keen to identify this man as soon as possible.

"The victim has agreed to us releasing images showing the serious extent of her injuries in the hope that this may lead to someone, somewhere, with some information that could help us find this dangerous man coming forward and speaking to us.

"I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time of the attack or anyone who recognises the man from the description to come forward and help us."

Anyone who recognises the man or who has any information that could help with enquiries is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 54 14/07/16.

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