A teenager has been raped in Ponteland.
At around 9.30pm last night, a 16-year-old girl was walking on the cycle track between Ponteland and Darras Hall when she was approached from behind by a man and raped.
Officers believe the incident happened at the rear of Oaklands on a bridle path that runs between Eastern Way and Old Station Court.
The offender is described as being white, around 5ft 5ins tall and of a skinny build. He was wearing all black clothing, including skinny jeans and a hooded top that was covering part of his face.
He appeared clean shaven and with dark hair.
Enquiries into the incident are on-going and officers have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of rape. He is currently in custody helping with enquiries.
A section of the cycle track has been cordoned off by police this morning while forensic enquiries are carried out and there will be extra patrols in the Ponteland area throughout the day.
Northumberland Superintendent Peter Bent said: “A full investigation is under way into this incident and we are appealing for anyone who might have been out on the cycle track between Ponteland and Darras Hall on Thursday evening and who might have seen anything or anyone suspicious to get in touch as soon as possible.”
“The victim and her family are being given support and assistance by specialist officers and we have extra officers in the area to speak to and reassure the local community.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 – extension 69191 quoting reference number 1400 27/08/15 – or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.