Police hunting for a masked sex attacker have cordoned off a section of woodland in Washington.
Northumbria Police say a woman was sexually assaulted by a man in the Avebury Drive/Glebe Crescent area of Washington Village at around 2am on Sunday morning.
Forensics officers from Northumbria Police sealed off an area of land next to a footpath close to Glebe Crescent and Avebury Drive, leading to an underpass by the A195, as the investigation continues.
The man is described as being of medium build with blue eyes and was wearing a balaclava.
Extra patrols and officers will be in the area to carry out enquiries.
Anyone who has information can call 101 and quote 18712 / 03/ 2017.