Rape allegation case is 'not as first reported', say police

Police investigating a rape allegation in Redcar say the circumstances are 'not as first reported'.
Police investigating a rape allegation in Redcar say the circumstances are 'not as first reported'.

Police investigating the allegation that a mother was raped after being forced into a car with her toddler today said the circumstances "were not as first reported".

Cleveland Police said they are no longer looking for two men said to have bundled the woman into a car along with her child while they walked along the seaside at Redcar in Cleveland.

But they said they are investigating an allegation of rape involving people who may have been known to each other.

A statement said: "As a result of police inquiries, officers have established that the circumstances surrounding a report of rape in Redcar on Friday March 3 are not as first reported.

"Officers are no longer looking for two men that forced a woman and her child into a vehicle on Redcar seafront.

"Inquiries are ongoing into an allegation of rape involving people who may have been known to each other.

"Anyone who may have seen a woman with a toddler between the area of Roseberry Road and Larkswood Road in Redcar between 4pm and 6pm or anyone with private CCTV footage covering the area at that time is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101."

Previously, a 31-year-old local man was questioned following the reported attack, but he was released without charge.