POLICE are appealing to the public for help after a woman was raped near a seafront car park.
The 32-year-old is believed to have been attacked between 10pm and 11.45pm, on Friday night in Pier Head car park in South Shields.
The alarm was raised at about 11.45pm.
Police say the investigation is in the early stages and are offering support to the victim.
Extra patrols are being carried out in the area.
Anyone with information or who may have saw anyone acting suspicious in the area is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.