Sex attack in Sunderland subway

Subway under the roundabout at St. Michaels Way/New Durham Road in Sunderland City Centre
Subway under the roundabout at St. Michaels Way/New Durham Road in Sunderland City Centre
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POLICE today released CCTV of a man they want to trace after a woman was sexually assaulted in a notorious subway.

The 20-year-old was walking alone through the underpass behind Sunderland University’s Murray Library at Chester Road when she was approached by a stranger.

CCTV footage of a man police ant to speak to after a subway attack

CCTV footage of a man police ant to speak to after a subway attack

The man grabbed and sexually assaulted the woman who had been returning from a night out in the city centre.

Detectives have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to as their hunt for the attacker continues.

The assault took place on Thursday, September 22, at about 5am, although details have only just been released.

The attack comes just months after a suspected serial sex attacker struck at the same subway.

On June 8, a 25-year-old woman was walking through the subway when a man pounced on her from behind and carried out the terrifying sexual assault.

Three weeks earlier, a 22-year-old was also making her way through the underpass when a man grabbed hold of her.

A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of two counts of sexual assault and has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Detectives today said they are not linking the latest attack with the previous two.

Officers have been at Sunderland University to hand out personal safety cards reminding students to stay safe.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Police would urge people planning a night out to be aware of their own personal safety and not put themselves in situations where they could be vulnerable.

“Look out for friends and always plan getting home, especially if it’s late at night. If you plan to walk home stick to well lit areas and don’t walk home alone.”

Anyone with information is asked to phone police on 03456 043 043 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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