Police have launched an investigation involving a man in his forties who reported he was raped on a footpath near a nature reserve in Yorkshire. The attack was said to have occurred on Thursday at around 7:30pm on what locals call the “black path” which runs from Tees Barrage to New Port Bridge near Maze Park Nature Reserve in the UK.

According to authorities, the male victim was walking along the path when a man approached him then pushed him to the ground before raping him, TeessideLive reported.

He described the suspect as a black male in his late thirties, about 5’10” with a stocky build. The suspect had short black hair, was clean shaven and had a prominent gap between his upper front teeth. The victim said his attacker spoke English but was not fluent and was wearing dark clothing at the time of the incident.

Detectives conducting the investigation said they believe there were two women around the area during the attack and may have witnessed the rape. The officers described the women to be in their thirties, with one having blonde curly hair. 

Police are asking the two females to come forward as any information they can share could help investigators piece the case together and lead to the perpetrator’s arrest, the Mirror reported.

Detective Sergeant Iain Pearson said: “All reports of rape are taken extremely seriously. Specially trained officers are supporting the victim and we are following up a number of lines of inquiry.

“Neighbourhood officers will have a high-visibility presence in the area for reassurance and anyone with concerns can approach those officers and speak with them.

“I would appeal to two women who may have been in the area around Newport Bridge at approximately 7:30pm last night, who may have seen a distressed male, as they may be able to assist our investigation.”

A spokesperson for the force added: “Any witnesses or anyone who may have information regarding the incident or the person responsible is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101, quoting incident number 068313."

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