Police appeal for witnesses after attempted rape near Mowbray Park

St Bede's Terrace, Sunderland.
St Bede's Terrace, Sunderland.

Police enquiries are ongoing as they investigate a report of an attempted rape at Mowbray park in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Officers are still appealing for witnesses after a woman in her 20s is said to have been approached by a man while walking in St Bede's Terrace at 4.36am on Thursday.

The victim was approached by a man who grabbed her. She screamed, and the man ran off in the direction of Main Road - towards Park Lane and Mowbray Park.

The man is described as mixed race, between 5ft 9 inches and 5ft 11 inches tall, short dark hair, aged between 20 to 25, and was wearing a white t-shirt with a blue and yellow design and jeans.

A cordon was place to allow officers to carry out enquiries into the incident and officers are in the area to offer reassurance to the local community.

Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: "At 4.36am this morning we received a report of an attempted rape in St Bede's Terrace and this is obviously an incredibly distressing incident for the victim and alarming for the local community.

"Our priority is to ensure the victim has the support she needs at the current time and that the offender is caught and we would ask anyone who has information that could help with our investigation to pass this on to police - they can either give this to an officer on patrol or by ringing 101.

"Specialist officers will be supporting the victim throughout our enquiries."

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting reference 149 of 171215 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.