Rape in Ashington
06 Jul 2017 18:26 PM[View Full Size]
Extensive police enquiries are continuing into the rape of a woman at her home in Ashington.
Extra officers are on patrol in the North Seaton area and are carrying out house to house enquiries and speaking to residents to reassure the community.
Police were called to an address in the North Seaton area of Ashington at around 1.50am on Wednesday, July 5 following a report of a woman being raped by an intruder.
The offender is described as a white male, around 5'5" of slim build.
DCI Helen Anderson, who is leading the investigation, said: "This has clearly been a hugely distressing incident for the victim and we have specialist officers working with her to offer support at this incredibly difficult time.
"We know the community will be shocked by what has happened and I would like to affirm that we are doing all we can to identify and arrest the offender. We ask the public to remain vigilant at this time, check the security of their premises and contact police immediately if they have any concerns."
Andy Huddleston from Northern Area Command said: "Incidents of this nature are very rare but they quite rightly cause great concern in our neighbourhoods. As such we are working closely with the local authority and community leaders to reassure residents. Officers carry out regular patrols throughout the area and the community can expect to see extra officers making enquiries and undertaking high visibility patrols to prevent crime.
"If anyone has any information they think may be useful to our investigation then I would ask them to get in contact with us by calling 101."