Teen, 17, arrested after woman raped and man she was walking with attacked near train station

A TEENAGER has been arrested after a woman was raped and a man attacked near a train station. 

A man and woman were walking near a Metro station in Sunderland on Friday evening when they were approached by a man they didn’t know. 

The man then reportedly attacked the man, before raping the woman nearby, with police launching an investigation. 

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicionn of rape by cops, and remains in police custody. 

A section of the University Metro Station has been taped off while investigations are ongoing at the scene.

Part of the station has been cordoned off, but Metro trains have not been affected by the cordon that is in place.

Detective Chief Inspector Shelley Hudson said police are treating it as an isolated incident and urged anyone with information to come forward.

She said: "We have launched an investigation following a report of a rape near University Metro Station in Sunderland.

"A man and a woman were walking in the area between 12am and 12.30am today (Friday) when they were approached by an unknown male.

"The offender is reported to have then assaulted the man before raping the woman nearby.

"This is clearly a very serious incident and specialist officers are offering the victims any support they need at this time.

"We have launched a full investigation and a 17-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of rape and is currently in police custody.

"We are committed to ensuring anybody responsible is dealt with swiftly and robustly and will use every tactic at our disposal to bring the perpetrator to justice.

"We are treating this as an isolated incident. Officers remain in the area to carry out enquiries and anybody with concerns is encouraged to speak to them."

"Anyone who has information that may assist our investigation can get in touch by contacting us via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20210820-0044."

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