A man has been arrested after reports that a woman was raped in South Shields town centre.
Police say a 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape after they received a report from a woman that she was sexually assaulted.
It is said to have happened in the early hours of Sunday in Ocean Road.
The man has been released on police bail.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a woman reported she had been sexually assaulted in Ocean Road in the early hours of Sunday, October 9.
“The man has been released on police bail and inquiries are ongoing.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.