23/11/2017 Hartlepool

Appeal following Rape in Hartlepool

Police are investigating a report of rape which took place between 2:00pm and 2:30pm on Saturday 18th November.

A woman in her 50‘s was approached by what appeared to be a ‘workman’ as she returned to her home, when he told her the roof of her house in Wynnstay Gardens in Hartlepool was in need of repair as some of the tiles were loose. After letting the man into the house to approach the rear of the property, the victim was subsequently raped.

He is described as having an Eastern European accent, around 6’0” tall in his 40’s and of a broad build. He was wearing dark ‘work’ clothes.

Police are asking anyone who may have been approached in the area for work to be done on their homes around this time and also any motorists who passed by who may have dash cam footage to get in touch.

Attacks of this nature are very rare but police are warning the public to be extra vigilant with doorstep callers and to ensure they don’t let strangers into their home without ensuring they are confident the visit is legitimate.