A WOMAN was left “very distressed and shaken” after being attacked by a gang of men.
Detectives have appealed for witnesses to come forward and help with their inquiry.
Hartlepool police said the woman suffered injuries to her face after she was set upon around 6pm on Saturday, February 18.
They said she was walking through Grayfields recreation ground when she was assaulted by a group of men.
Detectives have issued an appeal for two possible witnesses to the incident to come forward and help their inquiry.
The incident is said to have been of a sexual nature.
Detective Constable Peter Young, of Hartlepool CID, said: “We would like to stress the importance of these witnesses coming forward with any information they may have.
“The incident has left the victim feeling very distressed and shaken.
“Inquiries are ongoing to trace the men responsible.”
The first witness is said to be a middle-aged woman who was on Wiltshire Way wearing a burgundy coloured, three-quarter length jacket. It is believed that the victim ran past this woman towards Tesco on Wiltshire Way.
The second person is a man who passed the victim as he was coming out of the recreation ground and the victim was entering the ground. He was possibly wearing dark clothing and was walking a dog that is described as being wirey-haired and either grey or white in colour.
Police say the men suspected of carrying out the attack had been using Greyfields before the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Con Young on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.