Witness appeal after woman 'forced' into taxi after night out in Newcastle city centre

A teenager was arrested and bailed over the incident.
A teenager was arrested and bailed over the incident.

Police are appealing for help after concern for a woman, who was on a night out in the centre of Newcastle.

At 1:21am today police received a report that a member of the public had seen a woman being put into a taxi against her will and by two men who she did not know in Saint Nicholas Street outside of Tup Tup.

The woman had previously been on the floor outside of the Tup Tup bar when the two men helped her up and got into a taxi with her and possibly another woman.

The witness said she appeared not to know the men and did not want to get into the black cab.

The two men are described as both being black, aged mid 20s, 5ft 9in tall, of muscular build and with short black hair.

One was wearing a red long sleeved top, possibly a jumper. The second man was wearing a white long sleeved shirt/top.

The woman is described as white, aged between 18 and 21 years, 5ft 8in tall, slim build, long blonde hair which was worn down past her shoulders, and was wearing a white or gold coloured sparkly dress.

Inquiries are ongoing into the incident including checking CCTV and making inquiries with local taxi firms.

Officers want to speak to the people involved in the incident, or anyone who was in the area this morning and who might have seen something.

Chief Inspector Ron Charlton said: "Witnesses have told us that they think they saw the woman being forced into the taxi and that she may have not known who these two men were, this is very concerning and we want to find this woman and make sure she is ok.

"This could potentially be a misunderstanding but it's important we find those involved and make sure everything is ok. I'd urge this woman, the two men, or anyone who might know who this is to contact us as soon as possible."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 103 28/03/16.