Darlington rape: Man, 21, arrested
A woman was punched in the face and raped in a street attack.
Durham Constabulary said the victim, in her 30s, was attacked and dragged to the ground in the early hours near St Augustine's Way in Darlington.
A 21-year-old man who lives in the area has been arrested on suspicion of rape.
Det Sgt Sean Jackson said: "This was a very nasty physical and sexual assault which understandably has left the victim traumatised."
A police cordon remains in place at the scene and an investigation is under way.