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News Release

Man arrested after sexual assault

Dated: 27 Feb 2012

A man has been arrested after a woman was sexually assaulted in Newcastle.

It happened at 2.40am on Wednesday, February 15, when a 22-year-old woman was walking with friends on Newgate Street near to the junction with Clayton Street.

She was grabbed in a bear hug by a man who then tried to put his hand in her underwear. The man then walked off in the direction of The Gate.

Following enquiries a 26-year-old man was arrested shortly afterwards and is on bail pending further enquiries.

Police have spoken to a number of witnesses, however, CCTV enquiries have revealed a number of potential witnesses on Newgate Street at the time who police have yet to speak to.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.