POLICE say they are increasingly concerned for the welfare of a woman seen being bundled into a car outside a pub.
Officers are attempting to trace the woman, who was last seen being dragged into a car near to the Ivy House Pub in Worcester Street, Sunderland.
Witnesses reported seeing a man and woman arguing in a silver or grey vehicle, believed to be an old style Honda Civic or similar car, at about 2.20pm on Sunday.
Following the argument the woman got out of the car and walked off down the rear lane of Alice Street, police said.
The man then drove after her and people nearby reported hearing a thud and a woman’s scream.
The man was then seen putting the woman in to the car.
However, Northumbria Police has not received any missing person reports matching the woman’s description.
Detective Inspector Paul Woods said: “We’ve been carrying out detailed enquiries to find out what has taken place here and to determine if any crimes have been committed.
“At this time we are keeping an open mind, however we are obviously concerned for the welfare of this woman and ask that she contact us as a matter of urgency.
“I would also urge anyone with information about this incident to come forward if they have not already done so as any details, however seemingly trivial, might be important.”
The man is described as white, in his early 20s, 5’8” to 5’10” tall of thin to medium build, with short blond spiky hair, he was wearing a dark top and jeans with large back pockets.
The woman is described as white in her early 20s, 5’8” to 5’9” tall of slim to medium build with dark shoulder length hair and was wearing a cream jacket or top and dark jeans or trousers.
Officers are keen to speak to her following concerns raised by witnesses in the area and would encourage the woman to contact them to confirm she is okay. She should contact 101, ext. 69191 If anyone has any further information they should also contact police on the same number.