Detectives have identified 80 people to speak to as part of Operation Sanctuary

Detectives say they've identified 80 women and girls they need to speak to as part of operation sanctuary

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Full report: Operation Sanctuary - 80 women and girls identified

Detectives say they have identified eighty women and girls they would like to speak to as part of an ongoing investigation into sexual abuse on Tyneside.

In the past two weeks thirty arrests have been made as part of Operation Sanctuary.

Police say they have identified fifteen alleged victims, but are worried there could be many more.

Frances Read reports.

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Operation Sanctuary: Police seek 30 women

Detectives have identified thirty women they want to trace as part of an Operation Sanctuary, the investigation into the sexual abuse of teenage girls and young women on Tyneside.

25 men and two women have been arrested this week on suspicion of conspiracy to rape after a series of raids.

They have all been bailed.

Constable Gary Calvert from Northumbria Police says they are appealing for more information and are supporting young victims who have already done so.

More arrests after more Newcastle homes searched

A further four men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to rape after three more houses were searched in Newcastle and South Tyneside today.

This brings the total number of people arrested as part of Operation Sanctuary to 25.

Those arrested yesterday have been bailed.

Police are continuing to urge anyone who knows a victim - or who believes they have been a victim themselves - to come forward.

People can contact police on 101 or speak to their local neighbourhood officers who are out and about patrolling in the area or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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