Police appeal into reported rape of 63-year-old woman in Rising Sun Country Park

An investigation into the reported rape of a 63-year-old in Rising Sun Country Park is underway

Officers are appealing for information after reports that a 63-year-old woman was raped in Rising Sun Country Park yesterday.

An investigation has been launched after police received a call from a member of the public who had found a woman in distress in Rising Sun Country Park at around 4:10 pm on Monday, March 28.

Officers attended and spoke to the 63-year-old woman who said she had been approached by a man, forced to the ground and raped before he made off from the scene.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and the victim is receiving support from specially trained officers at this difficult time.

Detective Chief Inspector Shelley Hudson said: “We understand this may cause concern within the community and public safety is absolutely paramount. We do have an increased police presence in the area to provide reassurance and for people to come forward with information or concerns as the investigation continues.

“The victim is being fully supported and extensive enquiries are underway.”

Anyone with information or notice any suspicious behaviour is encouraged to contact police via the Tell Us Something page on the Northumbria Police website or contact 101 quoting NP-20220328-0700 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.