Man taken into custody after woman reports being raped in Hartlepool

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Detectives investigating an alleged rape in the early hours of Sunday, June 12 in the Easington Road area of Hartlepool have arrested a man in his 20s on suspicion of rape.

He has been taken into custody where he faces questioning.  Enquiries are continuing.

A woman in her 20s reported that she was attacked after a night out in Hartlepool on Saturday, June 11 into Sunday, June 12 when she was in the Easington Road area of the town in the early hours of that Sunday.

The woman has been offered specialist support and detectives are following multiple lines of enquiry.

Read more: Specialist rape court to be set up in the North East due to high number of sex offences

Police would like to reassure the public that this is being treated as an isolated incident and a dedicated team is working on the enquiry.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the 101-number quoting ref 100456.

Police are also appealing for any witnesses or anyone with dash cam who were in the area between 3am and 4.30am on Sunday, June 12, to get in touch.

If you don’t want to speak to police, you can pass information anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by phoning 0800 555 111. 

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