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Arrest in Ashington rape investigation

12 Jul 2017 11:45 AM

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Police have arrested a male in connection with a rape in Ashington.

Officers were called to an address in the North Seaton area of Ashington at around 1.50am on Wednesday, July 5 following a report of a woman being raped in her home.

An extensive investigation was launched and yesterday evening (Tuesday) at around 6pm police arrested a 16-year-old male on suspicion of rape and he is currently detained in custody.

Extra officers remain on patrol in the North Seaton area, and are continuing to speak to residents to reassure the community.

DCI Helen Anderson, who is leading the investigation, said: "We know the neighbourhood has been concerned by this and we would like to thank local residents for their support and patience as we have carried out our enquiries. We're also continuing to offer the victim specialist support during this incredibly difficult time.

"If anyone has any additional information they think may be useful to our investigation then I would ask them to get in contact with us by calling 101."