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17 Year Old Girl Raped in Gateshead
Officers investigating reports a 17 year old was raped in Gateshead have arrested two 29 year old men.
It happened in Watergate Park in Gateshead around 3.15am this morning.
Officers are carrying out enquiries to establish the circumstances and are appealing for witnesses.
Anyone who was around Watergate Park in Watergate Bank in the early hours of this morning is asked to get in contact.
It's believed the girl had been in Collingwood Street earlier in the night.
Neighbourhood Inspector Cheryl Warcup said:
"This is clearly a distressing incident for the girl and we have specially trained officers ensuring she has the support she needs."
"We're carrying out enquiries into the incident and would ask anyone who thinks they have information that could help to get in contact."
"Officers will be carrying out patrols in the area to offer reassurance to the local community and anyone concerned can speak to an officer."
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