A 21-year-old Darlington man has been charged with two counts of rape and one count of making threats to kill following a rape in the town earlier this week.

A 38-year-old woman was attacked on a grassed embankment off St Augustine’s Way - just behind the Halfords store - shortly after midnight on Wednesday, May 17.

The woman, who had been walking home from a pub, was punched in the face before being attacked. She was later treated in hospital.

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The man is due before Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning.