Man, 24, charged with Hartlepool town centre rape

A man has been charged with rape following an alleged incident in Hartlepool town centre.

Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 12:20 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th December 2019, 4:05 pm

Paul Rowntree, 24, of no fixed abode, has been charged with rape following the alleged incident which took place in the early hours of Sunday, December 1, at the junctions of Lucan Street and Middleton Grange Lane.

Police had launched an appeal for information has been launched after receiving a report that a woman had been raped, with the male suspect believed to have taken off towards York Road following the attack.

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Police at the scene in Middleton Grange Lane.
Police at the scene in Middleton Grange Lane.

The victim is said to be receiving support from specially trained officers.

Police at the scene following the reported incident.