Hunt continues for rapist in Sunderland Chinese takeaway case

The former Prospect Row Mission in Prospect Row, Sunderland. It was near here that an alleged rape took place on Saturday night/Sunday Morning. Few details and no arrests at present (Monday 8 October 2012 - 12.05pm)
The former Prospect Row Mission in Prospect Row, Sunderland. It was near here that an alleged rape took place on Saturday night/Sunday Morning. Few details and no arrests at present (Monday 8 October 2012 - 12.05pm)
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MORE details have been released about the rape of a woman after she had been out on a night out with friends.

As reported in the Echo, a 25-year-old woman left the Ling Sun Chinese takeaway, in Vine Place, in the city centre, in the early hours of Saturday.

She then found herself almost a mile-and-a-half away in Prospect Row, Hendon, 45 minutes later. Police were called after she knocked on a door in a distressed state.

Officers said today the victim is about 5ft 6in tall and has long hair.

She was wearing a black lace dress with three-quarter-length sleeves, black leggings and black size eight ankle boots. Her boots are still missing.

Detectives say they are keen to speak to a man who was in Ling Sun at the same as the woman and also spoke to her.

He was in his late 20s to early 30s, of medium build, with short brown hair. He was clean shaven and wore a blue, long-sleeved top and dark trousers.

Detective Inspector Denise Clark said: “We need to find out where this woman went to after she left the Chinese takeaway and establish what exactly has happened.

“The victim’s shoes are still missing – they are black ankle-style boots and are size eight.

“If anyone finds these then I’d ask them to report this to police.

“If anyone was in the area and thinks they may have seen anything then I’d ask them to contact us straight away.

“I’d urge the man who spoke to the victim in the Chinese to get in touch with us as he may have information that is vital.”

Anyone with information about the incident, which happened between 2.30am and 3.15am on Saturday, should call Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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