Woman attacked in Sunderland

20 Jan 2017 20:00 PM

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Police are appealing for information after a woman was attacked in Sunderland.

The incident happened around 8pm on Wednesday, January 18, in the Redhouse area of the city. A woman was attacked and sexually assaulted by a man in the area of Rishton Square and Rhodesia Road near to the grassed playing fields.

Officers are carrying out enquiries to establish what happened and locate the offender. Police are carrying out house to house enquiries and viewing CCTV.

Extra officers are on patrol around Redhouse to offer reassurance to local residents and answer concerns.

Detective Inspector John Miller said: "We know this was an incredibly distressing incident for the woman and we have a specially trained officer speaking with her to offer her support and help us build a picture of what happened.

"Putting victims at the centre of any investigation is absolutely crucial for us not least in cases such as this.

"We recognise local residents will be concerned and will have police and police community support officers on patrol to offer reassurance and answer any concerns."

Any witnesses to the attack are asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 865 190117 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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