Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It Is So Horrifying to Think There Could Be a Monster out There

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It Is So Horrifying to Think There Could Be a Monster out There

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Byline: By Sarah Knapton

Residents in a close-knit community where girl, six, was snatched naked from her bath reacted with horror today to fears the sex attacker could live nearby.

The blonde-haired girl was abducted by a stranger from a ground-floor bathroom an her home in Willington Quay, North Tyneside.

She was driven off, attacked and then found wandering naked in the street by a neighbour 15 minutes later.

She was screaming, shivering from the cold and had been sexually assaulted. Detectives say they want to speak to a middle-aged man seen loitering around the area dressed in dark clothes and dark gloves who may have been watching children playing earlier in the day.

He is believed to have been watching the ground-floor flat before creeping through the kitchen into the bathroom and carrying her to his car.

And they said the fact the attacker appeared to know the layout of her house and surrounding streets could indicate he was local, although they believe the man was unknown to the girl.

The incident, at around 7pm on Tuesday, has shocked the small community made up of a dozen or so streets near the Tyne Tunnel.

Elizabeth Brown, 78, heard the girl's screams. "Her cries were awful.

"You could tell she was in real distress," she said. "It's just terrible to think what she had gone through. She must have been petrified."

Mark Wade, 34, said: "This is a safe place for children to play but everyone keeps and eye out for them.

"It's frightening to think someone might have been waiting for the opportunity to grab a youngster."

A single mum of two said: "It is horrifying to think there could be a monster on our doorsteps. Everyone is saying they won't be letting their children out."

Karen Spark, of the Willington Quay Residents' Association said: "It's a very small place and everyone knows everyone else. …

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