Rising Sun rape investigation: Police search park for clues on day two of manhunt for sex fanatic



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Search teams are scouring a beauty spot in Tyneside for clues today as the urgent manhunt for a major rapist continues.

A rape investigation was launched Monday after a 63-year-old woman told police she had been assaulted in Rising Sun Country Park, in Wallsend. Now, two days after the attack in broad daylight, police are scouring the popular beauty spot for evidence that could lead them to the attacker.

Specialized search teams are at work in the park, while uniformed officers and mounted police patrol the many footpaths and bridleways.

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Chief Insp Shelley Hudson, who leads the investigation for the Northumbria Police Department, said: “Incidents of this nature are rare in this area, but when they do occur, we are determined to use every available tactic to bring offenders to justice. There will continue to be an increased police presence in the area as we conduct our investigations and we would ask anyone concerned to speak to one of our officers.”



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Northumbria Police released a description of the man they are looking for earlier today.

He is described as white, in his late twenties to early thirties, between six and six feet tall and of medium size.

Speaking with a northeasterly accent, he was clean-shaven at the time of the attack, possibly wearing a dark or gray hoody and shorts.

Det Chief Insp Hudson, added: “I want to commend the victim’s courage at this extremely difficult time. We will continue to support her in any way we can and our priority is to find the culprit.

“The victim has bravely provided us with a description and we hope this, along with local knowledge, may provide someone with important information that can help us identify the man responsible.”



Mounted Police on patrol in the Rising Sun Country Park

Police were called to the park around 4:10 p.m. Monday after the woman was found in distress. When officers arrived, the 63-year-old woman reported that she had been raped by an unknown man near the Pit Heap area of ​​the park.

Managed by North Tyneside Council, Rising Sun Park is popular with walkers, cyclists and families. And detectives are now urging anyone with information to contact us.

Det Insp Hudson added: “We have been working tirelessly on this investigation since Monday and are now calling on those who use this park regularly, or were in the area at the time, to assist with our investigations. This incident happened during daylight hours in a busy park regularly used by dog ​​walkers, cyclists, joggers and people enjoying the scenery.”

Anyone with information is requested to call Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference NP-202020328-0700 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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