07/02/2019
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Police Repeat Appeal Following Rape in Stockton

Officers investigating a report of rape which took place in the Daventry Avenue area of Stockton (close to the Sheraton Park estate) have been carrying out extensive enquiries in a bid to trace the person responsible.

The incident happened on Thursday 15th November between 5:50pm and 7:45pm, and was reported to police on Thursday 31st January 2019.

A 12-year-old girl was approached by an unknown man at the traffic lights on Durham Road opposite the Mile House pub. The man then followed the girl along Darlington Lane towards the Daventry Avenue area.

The girl then made her way along the A1027 and through the Dunstable Close walkway where the rape happened.

Police believe that the offender has perhaps taken a shortcut through the residential area to come into the walkway at the other end and attacked the victim.

Detective Inspector Jon Tapper said: “The victim has gone through a horrific ordeal and has been extremely brave by working with police to try to trace the person responsible. No child should have to suffer in this way and specialist officers are currently providing the victim and her family with support.

“Extra officers have been patrolling the Daventry Avenue area and officers have been conducting door to door enquiries as well as investigating a number of other lines of inquiry. 

“We have now released a map of the location of the attack and we would urge any motorists who were in the area around the time of the incident who may have seen a suspicious male of the description provided or may have dash cam footage to please get in touch.

“Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101, quoting event number 017514. Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”

The man responsible is described as being a black male in his 20s, around 6 ft tall and of muscular build and he spoke with a local accent. He was wearing tight black jeans which were ripped at the knees and a dark coloured top and a black baseball cap.
If you have been a victim of rape or sexual abuse you can also contact Teesside Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for help and support, regardless of whether or not the offence has been reported to police. SARC provides 24 hour crisis intervention and a range of options. SARC works in partnership with local specialist services (such as Barnado’s, A Way Out and Arch) and can access support on your behalf. SARC crisis workers are available on 03333448283 at any time of day or night.

Contact details for SARC, A Way Out, Barnado’s and Arch are as follows:

SARC: www.sarcteesside.co.uk
A Way Out: http://www.awayout.co.uk
Barnado’s: http://www.barnardos.org.uk
Arch: http://www.archnortheast.org