Reward of up to £2k offered for information on attempted rape in Thornaby

3 August 2015

We are offering a reward of up to £2,000 for information on the attempted rape of a woman while she was walking her dog on the bank of the River Tees in Thornaby.

The victim, who is in her 40s, was walking her dog in the area known to locals as ‘Black Bobbies Field’ at around 9am on Monday 6 July, when a man approached her, pulled her to the ground, and sexually assaulted her. 

Despite hitting her head on the ground, the woman managed to fight back and was able to escape her attacker.  She suffered injuries during the assault and as a result, required hospital treatment.

Now we are offering a reward of up to £2,000 for information, which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this assault.

Nightmare Ordeal

“This woman has gone through an ordeal that is every woman’s nightmare, and had she not been able to fight off her attacker, the outcome could have been even worse.

“I’d ask anyone who may have been in the area at the time of this attack to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you have any information, no matter how small, safe in the knowledge nobody will know you spoke to us.”

 - Dave Hunter, Regional Manager for North East Crimestoppers

Do you know who is responsible?

The suspect is described as white with short shaven brown hair, the same length all over. He was wearing trousers and his arms were exposed. He may have been wearing a ring, watch or piece of jewellery on his left hand. He has a heavy and strong build and he smelt strongly of garlic during the attack. He may have a visible head injury following the attack as well as scratches on his arms and a bit mark on his left forearm.

Help us find the attacker

If you have any information on this attempted rape then please contact us anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form.