Man released by police investigating rape and abduction of woman
A woman in her 30s was walking with her toddler along Redcar seafront between 11.30am and 12.30pm on Friday when a dark-coloured saloon approached them via the ramp and two men got out and forced the pair into the rear of the vehicle.
It then made its way down Turner Street and ultimately to Yearby, on Longbeck Lane off the A174, where the woman was raped.
The child was unharmed.
The victim and child were forced out of the vehicle on Kirkleatham Lane, between the turn off for Kirkleatham Museum and the bus stop towards Redcar, between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.
A 31-year-old man has now been arrested.
The man, from the Redcar area, was arrested this afternoon on suspicion of rape.
He has since been released without charge.
A spokesman for Cleveland Police said: “Detectives are continuing to carry out inquiries and would encourage members of the public in the local area to remain vigilant.
“Increased high visibility patrols are still taking place in the local area.”
Any witnesses or anyone who may have private CCTV in the area who hasn’t already contacted police is asked to do so on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.