Former Northumbria Police chief constable Sue Sim claims she was treated differently by senior colleagues because she was a woman.
Ms Sim left the force last month after five years in charge and three decades as a serving police officer.
In a radio interview she said she feared how other women might be being treated in the force.
The claim appeared in an official report which cleared Ms Sim, who retired in June, of misconduct.
Northumbria Police said it was disappointed and does not accept the accusation.
Police are appealing to trace a 47-year-old man from the Redcar and Cleveland area who was last seen on Wednesday (July 1).
Brian Wains-Riggs is white, of medium build and around 5ft 8” tall.
It is believed that Brian could be in North Yorkshire.
A book of condolence for the Tunisian tragedy has been opened in Stockton Central Library for those who wish to pay their respects.
A burglar has been put behind bars after clocking up his 249th criminal conviction.
William Bogie had been back on the streets for just two months when he acted as lookout while a family home was raided during the children's bath time.
A handbag and keys were taken during the break-in, which has left the frightened family no longer feeling safe in their home.
Bogie, of Azalea Terrace, Sunderland, was collared when the brave dad realised his house was under attack and gave chase.
He denied involvement in the burglary but later pleaded guilty when his DNA was found on a hat outside the targeted house.
37-year-old Bogie was jailed for 21 months.
Newcastle Crown Court heard his convictions include 122 offences of dishonesty, seven non-dwelling burglaries, two house burglaries, driving offences and damage.
A 13-year-old dancer from South Shields has returned to doing what she loves after a undergoing back surgery.
Lucy Wilkinson suffered from scoliosis, a severe form of curvature of the spine. She feared she might never dance again.
But after having an operation in February, Lucy's taking part in her first performance since surgery on Sunday.
Travel agents in Sunderland became emotional as they joined the nation in observing a minute's silence at midday to remember the 30 British victims of the horrific gun attack on a Tunisian beach a week ago (June 26).
Their Thomson and First Choice customers were among those killed when gunman Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire in the resort of Sousse.