Man arrested on suspicion of raping woman in her Hartlepool home

Police have arrested a man in connection with the rape of a woman in her own home.
Police have arrested a man in connection with the rape of a woman in her own home.

A man has been arrested by police in connection with the rape of a woman in her own home.

He is being interviewed by detectives in connection with the suspected sex attack at a house in the Chester Road area of Hartlepool.

The incident is said to have taken place on Saturday, November 18, between 2pm and 2.30pm.

Officers say a woman was approached by what appeared to be a "workman" as she returned to her home.

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 property and said she was then attacked by the man.

Cleveland Police have stressed that 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 their visit is legitimate.

A force spokeswoman said they have arrested a 54-year-old Stockton man and added: "The man is currently being interviewed by police."