Lancashire link in rape appeal

Do you recognise this man? He may be from Lancashire.

Thursday, 15th January 2015, 3:45 pm
Police say this man they would like to speak to could be from Lancashire

Police investigating a rape which happened in the Northumbria Police area of Seaton Burn in 2013 have renewed their appeal for help from the public.

Officers have released some new images of a man they are keen to speak to in connection with the incident.

Police received the report more than a year ago, in November 2013, that a 30-year-old woman had been raped at a hotel in Seaton Burn.

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The incident happened between 3am and 6am, on Sunday, November 10, 2013, in a room at the Holiday Inn, Seaton Burn.

Officers are keen to speak to the man in the CCTV, or anyone who recognises him, as he may have vital information to assist with enquiries.

Enquiries have suggested the man pictured may be from Lancashire and officers are asking people in the county to contact police if they know who this man is.

Detective Sergeant Rob Ridley, from Northumbria Police’s Rape Investigation Team, said: “This is still a very active police investigation more than a year on from the rape being reported to us.

“We would ask anyone who recognises this man to contact police as he may be able to help with our investigation.

“We continue to support the victim and our officers are investigating all lines of enquiries.”

Anyone who with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.