Police investigate woman's rape in Whitley Bay
A 29-year-old woman has been raped in Whitley Bay, police said.
The attack happened at 03:45 BST on Sunday, in the rear lane of Esplanade Place, behind Zync Bar.
The victim was with a male friend after a night out when they were approached by a man who attacked the friend, before assaulting and raping the woman.
The man, described as white and in his mid to late 20s, 5ft 9in (1.75m) tall, of chubby build with dark brown hair, then headed toward the promenade.
He was wearing a dark blue hoody with writing on it and dark blue jeans, and spoke with a local accent.
Ch Insp Steve Readdie said: "I'd like to reassure the community that we're doing everything we can to find whoever is responsible.
"I'd urge anyone who may have any information to contact police."