POLICE are investigating an allegation of rape in South Tyneside.
The offence is alleged to have happened after a young woman accepted a lift home from a man in a dark-coloured car around the Lyon Street area of Hebburn.
Police say the investigation is in the early stages and are appealing for anyone who may have seen the car, or seen the woman getting into the vehicle between 1am and 3am on Saturday, to get in touch.
Officers are now carrying out inquiries to establish exactly what happened.
Superintendent Jim Napier said: “We have a team of detectives investigating, and specialist officers are speaking with the victim to offer her the help and support she needs from our dedicated rape investigation team and the sexual assault referral centre, to ensure she has the utmost support.
“We also have a number of independent sexual violence advisors available – who provide a link between the victim and the police – from the initial call to the end of a court case.
“They can also help the victim link in with other agencies and welfare support.”
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 11.