A police investigation has been launched into a report a woman was raped in her own home by a man posing as a workman.
Police are investigating an allegation of rape which is reported to have taken place at the woman's home in the Chester Road area of Hartlepool.
Officers say a woman was approached by what appeared to be a ‘workman’ as she returned to her home, when he told her the roof of her house was in need of repair as some of the tiles were loose.
She then let the man into her home but says she was then attacked by the man, reported to have an Eastern European accent.
Police say attacks of this nature are very rare but are warning people to be extra vigilant with doorstep callers and to ensure they don’t let strangers into their home without ensuring they are confident there visit is legitimate.
They are also appealing from information from residents who could have been approached by the man, and also drovers who could have dashcam footage in the area which may have also caught the suspect on camera.
Investigators say it alleged to have happened between 2pm and 2:30pm on Saturday, November 18.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: "After letting the man into the house to approach the rear of the property, the victim was subsequently raped.
"He is described as having an Eastern European accent, around 6ft-tall in his 40s and of a broad build. He was wearing dark ‘work’ clothes.
"Police are asking anyone who may have been approached in the area for work to be done on their homes around this time and also any motorists who passed by who may have dashcam footage to get in touch.
"Attacks of this nature are very rare but police are warning the public to be extra vigilant with doorstep callers and to ensure they don’t let strangers into their home without ensuring they are confident there visit is legitimate."
Anyone with information is urged to contact Cleveland Police on the 101 number or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.