Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rape Victim in Van Ordeal

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rape Victim in Van Ordeal

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Byline: By Brenda Hickman

A young woman suffered an hour-long rape ordeal after accepting a lift from a man in a van.

The traumatised victim, 22, was driven from Newcastle city centre where the attack happened in the early hours.

After being held hostage and raped in the van, she was eventually dumped in the Redheugh Court area of Gateshead.

Terrified, she managed to flag down a passing police patrol car to get help and a manhunt was launched across Tyneside.

Today the Gateshead woman is receiving counselling and support as details of the sexual assault emerged.

Det Insp Lee Buzzeo of Newcastle command area said: "We have arrested and charged a 30-year-old man in connection with the inquiry.

"He will appear before Newcastle magistrates today charged with rape after he was arrested on Sunday."

It is understood the woman had been out socialising in the city centre on Friday night and was distressed after she separated from a companion in the early hours of Saturday. …

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