Police are investigating a report of a rape in South Tyneside.
The alleged rape is believed to have happened after the victim, a woman in her 20s, accepted a lift home from a man in a dark car some time after leaving the Caledonian pub at Lyon Street in Hebburn.
The investigation is in the early stages and police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the car or witnessed the woman getting into the car sometime between 1am and 3am on Saturday, September 21, to get in touch.
Police are carrying out enquiries to establish exactly what has happened.
Superintendent Jim Napier said: "We have a team of detectives investigating and specialist officers are speaking with the victim to offer her the help and support she needs from our dedicated Rape Investigation Team and the Sexual Assault Referral Centre to ensure she has the utmost support.
"We also have a number of Independent Sexual Violence Advisors available – who provide a link between the victim and the police – from the initial call to the end of a court case. They can also help the victim link in with other agencies and welfare support."
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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