There have been increasing numbers of reports concerning attacks using a hypodermic needle as a weapon.
Presently, Gateshead police are investigating as woman is stabbed with needle in what is described as “a terrifying assault”.
Officers have stepped up patrols in the Newbury Avenue area of Gateshead following the bizarre and frightening attack
A woman was assaulted when a man bumped into her and struck her with a suspected needle. The incident happened at 7.50am, on Saturday, as the 27-year-old victim walked down an alleyway in the Newbury Avenue area of Gateshead.
The suspect bumped into her and walked off, leaving the woman with a sharp pain in her side. She then discovered an injury consistent with a needle stick, and attended the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead for treatment. She has since been released.
Northumbria Police are investigating.
Detective Inspector Dave Swinburne, from the force’s major crime team, said: “This is quite an unusual incident but has obviously left the victim incredibly shaken.
“We are carrying out further enquiries to trace the man responsible.
“I’d urge anyone who may have been in the area at the time and passed the man to contact us.
“We have extra officers in the area to provide reassurance to residents and I’d urge anyone with concerns to speak to them.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 669 11/10/14 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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