Tyne & Wear

Whitley Bay rape appeal on Crimewatch sparks 40 calls

An E-fit of the attacker
Image caption The attack took place on 16 October, 2011

A national appeal to find a Tyneside rapist, launched on BBC Crimewatch, has sparked more than 40 calls.

A woman was raped at 03:45 GMT on Sunday, 16 October in the rear lane of Esplanade Place, behind Zync Bar in Whitley Bay.

Det Insp Paul Race said Northumbria Police had had "a good response" and detectives were following up the calls.

The woman, who cannot be identified, told the BBC: "I felt like everything had been taken away from me."

Det Insp Race said: "We have received more than 40 calls which are being followed up by detectives working on the investigation.

"We're continuing to appeal for anyone with information about the attack to contact the force's rape investigation team on the 101-non emergency number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

The attacker is described as white and in his mid to late 20s, 5ft 9in (1.75m) tall, of chubby build with dark brown hair.

He was wearing a dark blue hooded top with writing on it and dark blue jeans, and spoke with a local accent.

Thereconstructionof events leading up to the attack was broadcast on Crimewatch on Tuesday.

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