North East UK news Girl, 16, left 'terrified' after being groped and kissed by stranger MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - It is understood the 'terrified' teenager was followed by a man before he kissed her on the neck and groped her in the Saint Marks Way area
Breaking News ! Detectives are investigating after a teenage girl was allegedly groped and kissed by a man in South Shields. Police were called after a member of public reported they had seen a girl being sexually assaulted in the Saint Marks Way area of the town. Officers attended and located a 16-year-old girl, who had walked from Ocean Beach Pleasure Park between 8pm and 9.15pm on Wednesday, June 24, after becoming separated from her friends. It is understood the teenager was approached by a man on Ocean Road who attempted to befriend her. The suspect then followed her before kissing her on the neck and groping her. The victim did not sustain any injuries but was left shaken as a result of the incident. Police launched an investigation and arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of sexual assault. He has since been released under investigation. Officers are now appealing to the public for information that may help with their inquiries. This includes anyone who believes they saw a man – described as white, 5’8 tall with short dark hair and wearing a blue t-shirt and beige shorts – in the company of a young woman on the night in question. Detective Constable Jodie Faulkner, of Northumbria Police, said: "This was clearly a serious incident which involved a young teenager who was followed by a man as she walked alone.
. "An investigation is ongoing into the incident and we have spoken to a man in connection with our inquiries. At present, we understand the girl did attempt to ask for help from various people who were passing by between 8pm and 9pm on the night in question. "However, the suspect would try to allay any fears and walk on with her. The victim will have looked visibly upset and we believe a number of people must have seen her.
"I am now appealing to those people to come forward with any information they have – however insignificant you feel it may be, it could prove the key to ensuring whoever is responsible is brought to justice. "I would like to praise the victim for her bravery shown and we will continue to offer her any support that she needs." Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police via 101 or by using the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the force's website quoting log 1359 240620. Alternatively, you can email email@example.com.
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