DETECTIVES are trying to track down a man who went to the aid of a woman who was left in tears on the street after a sex attack in a house.
Police investigating a rape in South Shields are appealing for the “good samaritan” to come forward.
We want to trace this man who saw the woman clearly distressed and came over to ask how she was. We want to speak to him purely as a witness and would ask him to contact policeDetective Inspector Phil Bond
A 21-year-old woman was raped inside a house at about 11.30pm on Easter Sunday.
After the incident she left the premises.
A short time later, at approximately 12.10am, on Monday, she was walking along Sea Winnings Way in Westoe Crown Village.
She sat down on a wall near to the Tesco Express store and was very visibly upset and was crying.
A man who she describes as a “good samaritan” came up to her and asked if she was alright and asked if she’d called a taxi to get home before leaving her.
The woman called a taxi and then reported the incident to police.
Following an investigation a 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape and bailed pending further inquiries.
Detective Inspector Phil Bond, who is leading the investigation, said: “We want to trace this man who saw the woman clearly distressed and came over to ask how she was.
“We want to speak to him purely as a witness and would ask him to contact police.
“We’d also like to hear from anyone else who was in the area at the relevant time and who may have seen this woman.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.