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Image caption The man accused of the attack lives in the area, police said

A man has been charged after a woman was punched in the face and raped in County Durham.

The 38-year-old woman was attacked on an embankment off St Augustine’s Way, in Darlington, shortly after midnight on 17 May.

A 21-year-old man has been charged with two counts of rape and one count of making threats to kill.

Appearing at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court earlier, he was remanded in custody.

He will next appear at Teesside Crown Court on 12 June.

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