Police hunt Blaydon woods attacker

A dog-walker in Blaydon, Gateshead is being sought for questioning by police after a 55-year-old woman was sexually assaulted on Thursday afternoon.

The victim was approached by the man in the Dene, a wooded area, while she was walking towards Winlaton. He spoke to the victim and then assaulted her, but her struggles caused the man and his dog to flee. Police say the woman was uninjured but distressed by the incident.

The suspect was described as a “softly-spoken” white man, about six feet in height, wearing a knee-length coat and dark jeans. He is described as looking “unwashed” and was accompanied by a mongrel which was not wearing a collar.

Northumbria Police are searching for witnesses to the attack. Sgt Ady Oakes described the case as “an isolated incident” but said that the police were putting “extra officers on patrol in the area just to reassure people.”

Anyone with any information related to the case should contact Northumbria Police on 101.