Woman raped in city centre

Pink Lane, Newcastle. Image from Google Maps.
Pink Lane, Newcastle. Image from Google Maps.

A woman was raped in Newcastle city centre early today.

The 19-year-old woman was attacked between 2am and 3.30am.

The woman had been at the O2 Academy on Westgate Road with friends and was walking along the top of Pink Lane at the Waterloo Street junction when the attack happened.

Her assailant is described as white and approximately six feet tall.

Specially trained officers are working with the woman to offer her support.

Detective Sergeant Tanya Robinson said: “This is clearly a distressing incident for the woman and we have specially trained officers ensuring she has the support she needs.

“We’re carrying out enquiries into the incident and would ask anyone who thinks they have information that could help to get in contact.

“We’d also like to hear from anyone else who was in this area around the Pink Lane and Waterloo Street at the relevant time and who may have seen this woman or her attacker.

“There may be other people who had left the O2 Academy at around the same time and may have also followed this route. They could have important information that can help with our enquiries and help identify and trace the person responsible.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 278 of 23/08/15 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.