POLICE hunting a rapist who struck in a Hartlepool street hope CCTV footage might give them a lead.
The attack happened as the victim was walking near Oval Grange, off Tunstall Avenue, at about 1am on Thursday.
Police say the woman was approached by a stranger who raped her and then made off.
Officers have warned women not to walk home alone alone at night, while reassuring the public that incidents like this are “relatively rare”.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Extensive house to house inquiries have taken place and extra patrols remain in the area to provide reassurance to residents who are understandably concerned about what is reported to have happened.
“Officers will also be looking for CCTV opportunities and will examine any suitable footage they can obtain from the locality.”
The woman who reported the rape had been on a night out in Hartlepool, and police have spoken to the people who were with her that night.
She has also been offered independent specialist support.
The spokeswoman added: “Inquiries are ongoing and police would like to reassure residents that such attacks are relatively rare.
“They advise people to make sure you have arrangements in place to get home safely, avoid poorly lit or isolated areas, plan your route, and try to walk or share a taxi with a friend if possible.”
Anyone with information which could help officers with the inquiry is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.