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Woman punched, threatened and then raped as she walked through Exhibition Park in Newcastle. 

Police are appealing for information after a report of a rape in Newcastle.

It happened at 3am this morning, Sunday, June 21, when a woman was approached by a man as she walked through Exhibition Park in the city centre.
The man punched the woman and thretened her before raping her.
The offender is described as an Asian male, 5ft 7″ tall and aged around 25-30 years old, thin build and was wearing a light grey hoodie.
Officers are appealing for anyone who may have information to help to contact them.
Inspector Mark Farrimond said: “We Understand the concern to communities this incident will have caused andwould like to reassure people we are doing everything we can in order to find the man responsible.
“We are appealing for the public’s help and ask that anyone who may have been in the Spital Tongues or Exhibition Park area at the time, or who recognises the man from his description tocome forward as they may have vital information to assist us.”
“Extra officers will be in the city centre as part of the investigation to carry out enquiries as wellas offer reassurance to the public.”
“Newcastle is a safe city but we would ask people to take precautions and plan ahead after a night out in the city centre. Try and get pre-arranged lifts or taxis home and stay with friends.
“If walking stick to main roads and well lit areas, and let people know where you are at all times.”

Any witnesses should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 197 21/06/15 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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