A detective has condemned the “appalling” attack of a woman who was raped in her own home by a masked man.
Officers were called to the address but the man, who is described as white and wearing a hooded top, had fled the scene. The victim is being supported by specialist officers.
On Thursday, DCI Williams confirmed that an investigation had been launched and called on the public to support officers in their enquiries.
She said: “On Monday July 27 at between 10.30 and 10.40 in the evening, a female at her address was attacked and raped by an unknown male who immediately afterwards fled the scene.
“Police were on scene within minutes of the incident being reported and we continue to give additional reassurance to the community with the additional patrols in the area.
“Clearly it is an appalling attack and the victim is being supported by specialist officers at this time.
“We have a number of substantial enquiries that we are currently following but I would also like to reiterate the need for public support in terms of any information being had as well.”
She also moved to reassure the public and said no other incidents of this nature had happened in the area.
Police wish to hear from anyone who may have seen any males in the area at between 9.30pm and 10.30pm on Monday.
The suspect has been described as white and wearing a dark hooded top and a dark face mask.
DCI Williams said: “No matter how insignificant a person may feel their information is, I can reassure them that it is not insignificant.
“We need to hear from them so that my officers can ensure that they expedite every possible line of enquiry, that we use every tactic and that we do everything we can to identify the male responsible and bring him to justice.”
Anyone who has any details should call on 101 quoting log 1205 on July 27 or report it online on Northumbria Police’s website.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.