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The shocking attack occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning, with Northumbria Police issuing an urgent appeal for witnesses. A police spokesman said: “Just after 2am on Sunday morning we received a report that a 15-year-old had been raped in a car after being picked up by a stranger in the city centre.
“We spoke to the teenage girl who reported that she had been travelling into Monument Metro Station as she attempted to make her way home.”
The girl spoke to several members of the public, walking with them towards the Haymarket, an area in the north of the city which is also known as the University Quarter, as she tried to find her way home.
However, at some time between 1.15am and 2am, she was approached by a man driving a dark car who offered her a lift.
The spokesman added: “She accepted the offer and the vehicle has travelled towards Cowgate, before the driver parked on a street in Blakelaw and raped her in the back seat.
“He has then dropped her off at her home address and left the area in the vehicle.
“The victim has then reported the incident to our control room.”
An investigation to identify the suspect is still ongoing, with the teenager and her family receiving support from specialist officers.
Northumbria Police are appealing for the assistance of members of the public who may have spoken to her.
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In particular, they were keen to trace two women with Irish accents who walked with the teenager towards Haymarket in an effort to try and help her return home.
They are also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a lone teenage girl get into a black or dark vehicle close to the Haymarket between 1.15am and 2am on Sunday morning.
The spokesman added: “We do already have a highly visible policing presence in the city centre since the re-opening of our night time economy.
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“And if anyone has any concerns please do come and speak to us.”
Anyone with information is being asked to report it on Northumbria Police’s website.
Alternatively, they can call 101, and quoting log 153 23/05/21.
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