Serious sex assault appeal

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POLICE are investigating an allegation of a serious sexual assault on a teenage girl near a playing field.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the incident that happened between 7.30pm-8.30pm yesterday in the Throston area of Hartlepool.

Police are also looking to speak to anyone who may have seen a small black car around Throston allotments and Grayfield Recreational Ground at the time.

Detective Sergeant Steve Rowland, of Hartlepool CID, said: “Investigations are at an early stage and as part of our initial work we will be looking at any CCTV in the area and conducting door-to-door inquiries.

“There is a police presence in the area and I want to reassure residents that a robust and thorough investigation is underway.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Det Sgt Rowland on (01642) 302174 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.