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14 December 2014, 06:19 | Updated: 14 December 2014, 06:23
A woman who was pushed to the ground and raped in North Tyneside is being supported by police as they search for her attacker.
Officers were made aware of the incident at around 10.20am on Saturday.
The rape is believed to have happened in the early hours of Saturday, December 13, where a woman was approached in the Cambridge Avenue and Oxford Street area of Whitley Bay.
She has been forced to the ground and raped.
The man is described as being in his 30s, stocky build, over 6ft tall, bald head with a little bit of hair and dark eyes.
He is believed to have been wearing a grey-white shirt.
Northumbria Police Supt Richie Jackson said:
"We are currently investigating this incident and providing the victim with specialist support."
"We appeal for anyone who may have been in the area at the time or has any information to contact police."
"We do have extra officers on patrol in the area carrying out enquiries and providing reassurance."