Teenager is arrested after woman is raped in early morning attack near Sunderland church

Police are investigating the rape of a woman in Sunderland in the early hours of this morning.

Police are investigating the rape of a woman in Sunderland in the early hours of this morning.

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A teenager has been arrested after a woman was raped in an early morning attack in Sunderland.

Police were called to a report of a rape in an alley close to St Marks Church, in Matamba Terrace, at 3.30am this morning.

A 17-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of rape and is still being quizzed by officers in police custody.

Officers attended the scene and spoke to the female victim, with safeguarding measures put in place.

They have launched an appeal for anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the Millfield area at the time to come forward .

They are particularly keen to speak to the driver of a white taxi who was in the area around the time of the incident.

The taxi driver, or anyone with any information, should call police on 101 quoting reference 228 20/12/15.