POLICE hunting the man who assaulted a six-year-old girl and left her wandering naked in a street have focused their inquiries on a suspect in dark clothes and gloves.
The little girl was taken from her bathroom and left in the street after being attacked, police believe.
Detectives say they want to speak to a man who was seen loitering in the area dressed in dark clothes and dark gloves.
Northumbria Police said specially trained officers were speaking to the youngster, who had been left distressed but unhurt by the incident on Tuesday.
Police were alerted by the girl's distraught mother when she discovered she was missing from the ground-floor bathroom where she had been having a bath.
The naked girl was found by a resident in the Willington Quay area of North Tyneside moments later wandering around in a distressed state.
Police said forensic tests and house to house inquiries were being conducted.