Woman assaulted at Punch Ball Yard in Darlington

Police are investigating an assault on a 22 year old female which occurred at approximately 00.15am Saturday 16th July 2016 at the Punch Ball Yard in Darlington.
Following the assault the woman was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital by ambulance where she received treatment for her injuries before being released later that morning.
The scene of the crime is a private parking area which is accessed via an alleyway between Skinnergate Newsagents and the Van Mildert store. The alley is used as a short cut between Skinnergate and Raby Terrace in the town.  

The investigation is being led by T/Superintendent Neil Edgar who has described the attack as “cowardly and unprovoked” Enquiries to date have revealed this to be a well used route and my team would like to speak to anyone who may have information about the assault or who has used the alley way between 11:45pm on Friday 15/06/2016 and 00.25am on Saturday 16th July 2016.

Anyone with information is requested to contact Durham Police on 101 or alternatively via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.