Police hunt ‘child rapist’ who picked up teenage girl, 15, at 2am then attacked her in car and dropped her off at home

  • Girl, 15, raped in back seat of man’s car after getting in when he offered her a lift
  • Teenager was dropped off at home after attack in Newcastle early on Sunday
  • She had been travelling into Monument Metro station as she tried to get home
  • Approached by man near Haymarket who asked if she wanted a lift at 1.15-2am

A 15-year-old girl was raped in the back seat of a car after getting into a stranger’s car when he offered to give her a lift home from a city centre.

The teenager was dropped off at her home following the attack in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the early hours of Sunday before the man drove away.

The girl told Northumbria Police officers that she had been travelling into Monument Metro station in the city as she tried to make her way home.

She spoke to a number of people and walked with them towards the Haymarket as she tried to find her way back to where she lived in Cowgate.

The 15-year-old girl had been travelling into Monument Metro station in Newcastle (file image)

The teenager told officers she was approached by a man in a dark car near the Haymarket who offered her a lift at some point between 1.15am and 2am.

Police said she accepted his offer and was driven in the car towards Cowgate, before the driver parked on a street in Blakelaw and raped her in the back seat.

The man then dropped her off at her home and left the area in his car, with the victim then reporting the incident to the police control room at 2am.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: ‘An investigation to identify the suspect is still ongoing and our specialist officers are supporting the teenager and her family.

The driver parked on a street in the Blakelaw area of Newcastle (file picture) and raped the girl

‘But now we are asking for your help and need anyone who may have spoken to the 15-year-old girl in the early hours of Sunday morning to get in touch.

‘In particular we are keen to trace two women with Irish accents who walked with the teenager towards Haymarket in a bid to try and help her return home. 

‘We also would be keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a lone teenage girl get into a black or dark vehicle near to the Haymarket between 1.15am and 2am on Sunday morning.

‘We do already have a highly visible policing presence in the city centre since the re-opening of our night time economy and if anyone has any concerns please do come and speak to us.’

Anyone with information that may help has been asked to report it on the Northumbria Police website or by calling 101 and quoting log 153 23/05/21

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