Appeal after woman raped on Whitley Bay beach (U.K.)

Posted on July 30, 2012


A MANHUNT is today underway for a stag party reveller who allegedly raped a woman on a Tyneside beach.

The attack is reported to have taken placed in North Tyneside at 2.25am on Sunday.

The 36-year-old woman went to the beach at Whitley Bay with a man she met earlier at a club called Pier 39 on the Esplanade in the town.

He is alleged to have told her he was from the Leeds area and it is believed he was in the seaside town as part of a stag party.

The man is described as white with short dark hair which was longer on the top, around 5ft 4ins to 5ft 5ins tall, of medium build and in his mid-30s.

He was wearing a black T-shirt with writing on the back and dark coloured jeans.

Detectives want to speak to anyone who has any information or may know who the man is.

It is the third rape which is alleged to have taken place in Whitley Bay since 2009, although detectives do not believe this incident is linked to the others.

Last October, a 29-year-old woman was allegedly raped in a back alley after her attacker knocked out her male friend to get to her.

It was reported to have happened early on Sunday October 16 after a man struck up a conversation with the pair as they walked towards a taxi rank.

The man is said to have turned violent at the rear of Esplanade Place, behind Zync Bar.

The alleged attacker, who was white, 26 or 27-years-old, around 5ft 9ins, and chubby with dark brown shaggy hair, then ran off in the direction of the promenade.

The case featured on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme.

The man accused of raping beauty queen Stephanie Hewson also remains at large.

Stephanie, from North Tyneside, had enjoyed a night out in Newcastle before she was attacked during the early hours of Sunday, August 2, 2009.

The then 23-year-old travelled from the city to Whitley Bay by taxi to meet friends.

She was seen talking to pals outside Envy on South Parade at around 1.45am before walking with a friend to the top of the street. Her friend left her at 2am.

Stephanie then walked towards Park Avenue alone and, as she did so, was approached by a man who dragged her into the rear lane of Beach Avenue and sexually assaulted her.

She was found distressed and injured in the back lane at around 2.30am.

She had been violently attacked and sexually assaulted.

Detective Inspector Paul Race, from Northumbria Police’s Rape Investigation Team, appealed for information about the most recent attack.

The inspector said: “We’re carrying out initial inquiries into this incident and are keen to hear from anyone who may have any information to help us with these enquiries.

“At this stage it’s not believed to be linked to any other similar incidents in the area.”

Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 1
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