A six-year-old girl snatched from her own bath and sexually assaulted has given police a partial description of her abductor.
The girl was found naked and screaming in an alleyway
She was found naked and screaming in an alley in Willington Quay, North Tyneside, on Tuesday night.
Specially-trained officers spoke to the girl, who described the man as white and between 5ft 4in and 5ft 8in tall.
He was wearing a black hat, black coat, black gloves and was, in the girl's words, "not skinny".
A force spokeswoman said they are "keeping an open mind" about the suspect's age because the girl has based her assessment on his height.
Detectives said they had managed to piece together part of the route on which the abductor may have taken the girl after she pointed out landmarks in the Wallsend area to them.
The spokeswoman said these include the Kwik Save supermarket in Hadrian Road and the Rose Inn in Church Bank.
She said they believed the route also included Park Road, Laurel Street, High Street, High Street East and Tynemouth Road. The youngster was abandoned in Armstrong Road.
Det Ch Insp Jim Napier asked the abductor to search his "conscience" and give himself up.
But no-one has yet come forward to say they saw a man acting suspiciously in the area on Tuesday night.
Mr Napier added: "We would ask anyone who was in this area last Tuesday evening who noticed anything suspicious, particularly a Vehicle being driven erratically or in a strange manner with driver possibly being distracted, to contact us."
Officers have been speaking to known sex offenders in the North East.