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Woman arrested on suspicion of theft from teachers' pension fund

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of theft after allegations more than £350,000 has been taken from teachers' pensions funds.

A 44-year-old member of staff from Capita, which looks after investments and pensions at its offices in Darlington, was arrested at her home last week.

Capita's offices in Darlington Credit: ITV News

She has been interviewed and is on police bail till October.

Capita says there has been no impact on individual members of the teachers' pension scheme and the value of the fund won't be affected.

Girl, 16, raped on cycle path near Ponteland

A man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 16-year-old girl on a cycle path in Northumberland.

Police say the victim was walking along the track, between Ponteland and Darras Hall, when she was approached by a man and allegedly raped at 9.30pm yesterday (Thursday).

Officers believe the incident happened at the rear of Oaklands on a path which runs between Eastern Way and Old Station Court.

A man, aged 20, has been arrested on suspicion of rape.

A section of the cycle track is cordoned off by police today while forensic enquiries are carried out.

A full investigation is underway into this incident and we are appealing for anyone who might have been out on the cycle track between Ponteland and Darras Hall on Thursday evening and who might have seen anything or anyone suspicious. The victim and her family are being given support and assistance by specialist officers and we have extra officers in the local community to speak to and reassure the local community. I would urge anyone with any information that could help us to get in touch as soon as possible."

– Superintendent Peter Bent, Northumbria Police
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