Man released by police investigating rape and abduction of woman

Redcar seafront. Picture from Google Images.
Redcar seafront. Picture from Google Images.

A man arrested after a woman was raped after being abducted from a North East street in Teesside has been released by officers.

A woman in her 30s was walking with her toddler along Redcar seafront between 11.30am and 12.30pm on Friday when a dark-coloured saloon approached them via the ramp and two men got out and forced the pair into the rear of the vehicle.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Young and Chief Inspector Emily Harrison speak to the media on Redcar promenade where a woman and her child were snatched on Friday. Photo by Press Association.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Young and Chief Inspector Emily Harrison speak to the media on Redcar promenade where a woman and her child were snatched on Friday. Photo by Press Association.

It then made its way down Turner Street and ultimately to Yearby, on Longbeck Lane off the A174, where the woman was raped.

The child was unharmed.

The victim and child were forced out of the vehicle on Kirkleatham Lane, between the turn off for Kirkleatham Museum and the bus stop towards Redcar, between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

A 31-year-old man has now been arrested.

Redcar promenade where a woman and her child were snatched on Friday.

Redcar promenade where a woman and her child were snatched on Friday.

The man, from the Redcar area, was arrested this afternoon on suspicion of rape.

He has since been released without charge.

A spokesman for Cleveland Police said: “Detectives are continuing to carry out inquiries and would encourage members of the public in the local area to remain vigilant.

“Increased high visibility patrols are still taking place in the local area.”

Any witnesses or anyone who may have private CCTV in the area who hasn’t already contacted police is asked to do so on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.