Police are searching for a man who subjected a teenager to a violent assault.

A 15 year-old girl was waiting at a bus stop, when a man stopped his car, grabbed the girl and forced her into the car. He then drove her to a nearby residential street in Wallsend and subjected her to an appalling sexual attack, raping her in his car.

The girl was snatched from a bus stop

The girl was snatched from a bus stop

The teenage victim kept the sickening assault a secret for five months, but it was reported to police this week. Officers are now searching for the rapist and have asked the public for their assistance in catching him.

Detective Sergeant Rob Ridley of the Northumbria Police said: “This was an extremely serious offence and detectives are doing all they can to apprehend the man responsible. This has been a traumatic experience for the girl involved and we are working with her and her family to support them as much as we can. We would appeal for the public’s help and ask that anyone with information to come forward as they may have vital information to assist us.”

Wallsend's Hotspur Road

Wallsend’s Hotspur Road

The teenager was waiting for a bus in Wallsend on the evening of either Friday, 25th April or Saturday 26th April. The man abducted her from the bus stop and drove her to a street near Hotspur Road on Wallsend’s High Farm estate and raped her. The victim was finally able to escape the car and fled. Her attacker is described as white, aged in his late 40s to early 50s, of a large build, 5ft 3ins in height, with short grey hair. He also had a local accent.

People who live on Hotspur Road expressed their horror at the teenager’s abduction and rape. 59 year-old Sheila Porritt said: “I’m just horrified. It’s horrendous, especially as she was only 15. It’s horrible to think that he brought her here in a car. He could be from anywhere.”

Other locals are concerned for their own children; mother-of-two Rachelle Cummings said: “It’s terrifying. It could be anyone, it could even be someone from around here if he wasn’t local he wouldn’t have known where to go. I have an 11-year-old daughter and all the kids go to the park and I have just started letting my daughter go by her self. I really hope they catch him soon.”

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Northumbria Police on 101.