Tyne & Wear

Masked man hunted over Houghton-le-Spring rape

A masked man who raped a woman in her home is being hunted by police.

The attack happened on Monday night at an address in the Newbottle area of Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear.

Northumbria Police said the attacker was described as white, wearing a dark hoodie and a dark face mask at the time of the rape.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area before or after the attack, which happened at about 22:40 BST, has been urged to contact the force.

Det Ch Insp Louise Cass-Williams said: "At this time we do believe this is a random and isolated incident.

"The victim was at her home address when an unknown male has attacked her. The unknown male has fled immediately after the attack."

Police officers have increased their presence in the area while investigations are being carried out to offer reassurance to residents.

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