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Public help gives police leads in city rape inquiry.

Byline: KIERAN MURRAY Reporter

POLICE have confirmed they are following up a number of leads as the hunt continues for a rapist who struck in broad daylight.

A 30-year-old woman was walking from Jubilee Terraces towards Bothal Street in Byker, Newcastle, when she was approached by a stranger at around 10am last Friday.

She was then raped in bushes behind a bus stop on Bothal Street near the Byker Wall.

The attacker then fled the scene and the woman was able to get to a friend's house and contact police.

Officers have been following up a number of potential lines of enquiries and carrying out forensic analysis from the scene.

CCTV has also been scoured in an attempt to trace the man's movements before and after the attack.

Detective Inspector Paul Young said: "Over the past week, neighbourhood officers have been deployed in the area around the Byker Wall following on from the reported rape.

"They have had a number of conversations with residents who have been reassured by the extra police presence and there are no wider community concerns.

"The victim in this case also continues to receive our support and is being kept updated with the progress of our investigation.

"We are continuing to investigate a number of potential lines of enquiries and officers are still trawling CCTV footage and carrying out forensic analysis." On Monday, police thanked members of the public after receiving "a number of calls" following an appeal for information.

"Earlier this week we also revealed how a number of calls have come in from members of the public and we have looked into each one," added DI Young.

"We want to thank the public for their continued support and anyone who has information that may assist the enquiry is encouraged to contact police on 101 quoting log 284 21/06/19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111." You can also report information online at the Northumbria Police website or email central.intelligence@northumbria.pnn.police.uk

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Date:Jun 29, 2019
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