POLICE have stepped up patrols in the town while they investigate a sex attack which is said to have taken place on Wednesday night.
It happened between 8.30pm and 9pm in one of the yards between New Quay Road and Baxtergate and yesterday morning the area still remained cordoned off while police officers stood guard.
In a statement released to the Whitby Gazette yesterday morning a police spokesperson said: “Police in Whitby are appealing for information about a sexual assault in the town.
“It occurred between 8.30pm and 9pm on Wednesday 12 September, in an alleyway between New Quay Road and Baxtergate.
“The victim, a local girl, is now recovering at home and is being supported by specially trained officers. Police have stepped up their patrols in the area while they investigate the full circumstances of the incident.”
ON Wednesday night the public toilets on New Quay Road, Hiltons Yard next to Trenchers and the one next to the Station Pub were taped off while officers “preserved the scene”.
At the Baxtergate end of the yards, the Old Smugglers Pub, the PDSA charity shop and Bon Marche clothing store were also taped off but officers remained tight-lipped about what had taken place just adding that because of the nature of the allegation “it could take some time.”
By yesterday morning the toilets were re-opened after it was established that area was not involved but police said they were still trying to find out what had happened and have asked for anyone who can assist with the investigation to contact them on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Andrew Waller, the landlord of the Station Inn said: “I noticed about 10pm and when I came down the staff were leaving Trenchers. They have got a side door and she said the police would not let them out on to the street.
“They had to go back in to Trenchers and out the front door. The police weren’t saying anything.”