Woman raped in Hartlepool while walking at night

A woman has been raped in a late-night attack in Hartlepool.

She was walking near Oval Grange at about 01:00 GMT on Thursday, when a man approached her before raping her and leaving the scene.

Police are carrying out extra patrols in the area and asking residents to remain vigilant. The woman is receiving support from trained officers.

Detectives have asked for anyone who was in the area at the time or who has any information to come forward.

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