Extra police on patrol after woman raped in Sunderland

Photo: Derwent Road is where the victim got into a vehicle she believed to be a taxi.

Extra officers are on patrol in Sunderland after a woman has been allegedly raped.

Police received a report that a woman, said to be in her 20s, had been raped in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The woman had got into a vehicle which she believed was a taxi in Derwent Road and was driven to a location near Hendon Valley Road and Mowbray Road – where the offence is said to have took place, inside the vehicle.

It is thought it was a silver or grey small hatchback type car and that there were possibly two men inside.

Police investigating say they have spoken to two males in connection with the incident

Both males, aged 18, attended a police station as voluntary attenders earlier this evening.

Enquiries are on-going and police are continuing to appeal for information.

Superintendent Mick Paterson said: “Understandably, this is an incredibly distressing incident for the victim and supporting her is our priority.

“We have specially trained officers working with her to ensure she has the support she needs.

“It’s important we trace the men responsible and I would ask anyone who has any information to please come forward.

“If anyone was in the area of Derwent Road or Hendon Valley Road and Mowbray Road earlier this morning, we would like to hear from them.

“As part of our enquiries, officers are in the area speaking to local residents and businesses as well as viewing CCTV to help us trace those responsible.

“Extra officers will also be on patrol in the area to offer reassurance to the local community.”

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101, quoting reference 318 1001416 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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