Police launch manhunt after woman raped in Newcastle’s Leazes Park in broad daylight

A manhunt has been launched after a woman was raped in a Newcastle city center park.

The woman reported she had been raped by an unknown man in Leazes Park, in the vicinity of the basketball / tennis courts near the Leazes Crescent entrance on Friday, April 1, at about 6.30pm. Northumbria Police have now launched an investigation and the victim has been offered support by specially-trained officers.

Extensive inquiries have been ongoing, including a review of CCTV, to identify the person responsible and additional patrols have been carried out. Today (Friday) officers are asking for the public’s help and have issued a description of the offender provided by the victim.

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He is described as being in his early 30s, about 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build, with curly mousey brown hair which was shaved at the sides and long on top, and he had a black beard. He was well spoken with a local accent. He was wearing gray joggers and a gray leather jacket with a fur collar, over a dark blue Nike T-shirt with a large white tick. He was also carrying a large green rucksack with black stripes.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Cairns, confirmed extra police patrols are taking place in the area and has urged anyone with information of the attack to come forward.

“This is an extremely difficult time for the victim, and I want to begin by praising her bravery in coming forward,” said DCI Cairns. “We will continue to support her in any way we can.

“Our officers have been working tirelessly to identify the person responsible, carrying out a range of inquiries and we are now appealing to anyone who lives locally, uses the park frequently, or thinks they might have information to come forward. From the description provided by the victim, this may spark someone’s memory, or encourage a dog walker, passer-by or someone who was in the nearby area to get in touch.

“We know incidents of this nature can cause concern in our communities and we will be continuing to carry out extra patrols to offer reassurance. We are committed to doing all we can to support the victim while bringing the person responsible to justice. ”

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact police via the Tell Us Something pages of the Northumbria Police website or contact 101 quoting reference NP-20220401-1038 or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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