Tyne & Wear

Woman raped in Newcastle Quayside stairwell

An 18-year-old was raped in a stairwell near Newcastle's Quayside, police said.

The attack happened in King Street at 02:25 BST.

Northumbria Police said the woman was outside Bar 38 when she was approached by a man who offered to walk her home but then raped her in the stairwell.

He is described as white, in his 20s, 5ft 5ins, medium build, with short, spiky, mousy brown hair. He was wearing a dark top and jeans and did not have a local accent.

Det Sgt Claire Wheatley, from Northumbria Police, said: "I would like to reassure people that there is a team of detectives investigating this offence and extensive inquiries are under way to apprehend this offender."

She appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

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