Woman raped in city center park with police launching manhunt to find attacker

A woman was attacked and raped in Newcastle City Center park on April 1, around 6.30pm, and now police have launched a manhunt and released a description of the assailant

Leazes Park in Newcastle where the attack happened

Police have launched a manhunt after a woman was raped in a city center park.

The horrific sex attack happened in Leazes Park, in Newcastle City Center on April 1 around 6.30pm.

It took place near the basketball and tennis courts, and now Northumbria Police have launched an investigation.

The victim has been offered support by specially-trained officers as police hope to bring her assailant to justice.

Extensive inquiries are ongoing, including a review of nearby CCTV to try and identify the culprit.

In addition, more patrols are being carried out in the area.

But today, local officers launched a public appeal, including a description of the offender, provided by the victim.

The beauty spot was the scene of the horrific attack


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He is described as being in his early 30s, about 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build, with curly mousey brown hair which was shaved at the sides and long on top.

He had a black beard and was well spoken with a local accent.

The culprit was wearing gray joggers and a gray leather jacket with a fur collar, over a dark blue Nike T-shirt with a large white tick.

As well as that, he was carrying a large green rucksack with black stripes.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Cairns, confirmed extra police patrols are taking place in the area and has urged anyone with information of the attack to come forward.

“This is an extremely difficult time for the victim, and I want to begin by praising her bravery in coming forward,” said DCI Cairns.

“We will continue to support her in any way we can.

“Our officers have been working tirelessly to identify the person responsible, carrying out a range of inquiries and we are now appealing for anyone who lives locally, uses the park frequently, or thinks they might have information to come forward.

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“From the description provided by the victim, this may spark someone’s memory, or encourage a dog walker, passer-by or someone who was in the nearby area to get in touch.

“We know incidents of this nature can cause concern in our communities and we will be continuing to carry out extra patrols to offer reassurance. We are committed to doing all we can to support the victim while bringing the person responsible to justice.”

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact police via the Tell Us Something pages of the Northumbria Police website or contact 101 quoting reference NP-20220401-1038 or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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