POLICE are today hunting a sex attacker who raped a woman in a city centre park in broad daylight.
The woman was assaulted on Monday afternoon, in Sunderland’s Mowbray Park.
The victim, aged in her 40s, was in the busy park when she was approached by a man in his 20s who attacked her.
No-one has yet been arrested over the attack.
Officers are now carrying out enquiries and are appealing for any witnesses and anyone who was in Mowbray Park on Monday evening to contact them.
It’s thought that around the time of the attack a bearded man and a woman, were walking in the park and officers are keen to speak to them as potential witnesses.
City councillor Barbara Maclennan spoke of her shock at the attack.
“This attack happened in my ward and I’d like to offer my sympathy to the victim,” said Coun Maclennan, who serves Hendon.
“I hope she makes a full recovery from the ordeal.
“Obviously, the council is working very closely with the police to do anything that we can to help the investigation.
“I’d like to remind people that regardless of where you are at whatever time of day to be careful about your own personal safety at all times.”
Northumbria Police officers said officers are carrying out extra patrols across the park and the surrounding area.
Neighbourhood inspector Mick Hall, said: “Incidents such as this can have a devastating effect on victims and we have specially-trained officers working with the victim to make sure she has the support she needs at such a distressing time.
“We also know that these incidents can be concerning to the local community and officers will be carrying out extra patrols throughout the park and surrounding area.
“If anyone was in the park on Monday evening, I would urge them to contact us as they may have information that can help with our inquiries, no matter how insignificant it seems it could prove to be crucial in helping us to identify and catch the offender.
“If anyone saw anything that seemed out of the ordinary, or a man acting suspiciously, we would ask they speak to us.”
The attack took place between 4.30pm and 5.30pm on Monday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 1287 220914 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.