Police are appealing for information after a report a 15-year-old girl was raped in Sunderland.
The incident happened around 10pm last night (Saturday, February 27) on a grassed area in St Mary’s Way, near to the car park.
The offender is described as a white male in his 30s, thin build, around 5ft 8 inches tall and spoke with alocal accent.
Officers are carrying out enquiries into the incident and are asking anyone with information to come forward.
Police are also keen for a key witnesses who may have spoken to a girl in a distressed state in the area to get in contact.
Extra officers will be in the city centreto carry out enquiries and offer reassurance.
Superintendent Lisa Orchard said: “Clearlythis is an incredibly distressing incident for the victim and her family and we are working with them to offer support at this time.
“It’s important we piece togetherwhat happened and for this reason would like to hear from anyone who wasin the city centre in St Mary’s Way around 10pm last night to please come forward and speak to us as they could have vital information that could help identify the offender.
“He is described as a white male inhis 30s, thin build, around 5ft 8 inches tall and spoke with a local accentand I would urge anyone who thinks may know who this is to get in contact.
“Extra officers will be in the area speaking to people and offering reassurance, and anyone who can helpwith our enquiries should either pass this on to an officer on patrol orring us on 101.”
Anyone with information is asked tocontact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 1254 270216 or crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.