'No crime' rape claims to be investigated

Some reports of rape in the North East may have been incorrectly recorded as "no crime", according to a recent audit by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

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15 specialist officers moved while rape reports investigated

Police have confirmed 15 specialist officers have been moved to other duties while some reports of rape continue to be investigated.

This is after some reports of rape in the North East may have been incorrectly recorded as "no crime", according to a recent audit by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

Read More: Reports of rape to be reviewed by Northumbria Police.

Chief Superintendent Neil Adamson from Northumbria Police has spoken to ITV Tyne Tees about the ongoing investigation:

PCC had 'grave concerns' over North East rape reports

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, was involved in reviewing the reports of rape in the North East that may have been incorrectly recorded as "no crime":

My role as Police and Crime Commissioner is to determine that the police are doing everything within their powers to support victims of crime.

I have reviewed the cases and did have grave concerns, asking that a number be looked at again. This has happened and appropriate action is now being taken.

I'm fully supportive of the prompt action the Chief Constable has taken and I'm confident that a thorough investigation will take place and I will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Sexual assault including rape is one of my key priorities and I'm committed to ensuring victims feel confident to report such crimes and are reassured that they will be taken seriously and will be properly investigated by specially trained officers.

Where needed, I will ensure that lessons are learnt and action taken.

– Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird

Police officers involved in reviewed rape reports moved 'to other duties'

Police officers who were involved in reports of rape that may have been incorrectly recorded as "no crime" have been moved to other duties until the full circumstances have been determined, Northumbria Police says.

This follows a recent audit by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), which suggested that some reports of rape in the North East may have been incorrectly recorded as "no crime".

Read More: Reports of rape to be reviewed by Northumbria Police

As an interim measure those dealing with any case where decisions are being further examined have been moved. This is not to pre judge the outcome of the investigation but to reassure the public that we have taken all the necessary steps to ensure professional standards are maintained.

If any officer has failed to reach the high standards expected of them this will be dealt with through the proper procedures.

Anyone who reports a rape to us should be confident that will take them seriously, investigate thoroughly and bring offenders to justice wherever we can. If any victim has concerns about the way their case has been handled they should get in touch with us. They have my personal assurance that we will look into their concerns properly.

– Chief Constable Sue Sim

Reports of rape to be reviewed by Northumbria Police

Some reports of rape in the North East may have been incorrectly recorded as "no crime", according to a recent audit by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

When any report of rape is made it is immediately recorded as a crime before any investigation takes place. Occasionally, following further investigations, those reporting the crime inform officers that no crime did indeed take place. This is when it becomes referred to as a “no crime”.

So far this year there have been 33 rapes subsequently “no crimed” by Northumbria Police.

However, following additional examination, the force requires further investigation of 11 of those decisions to determine whether or not they have been properly dealt with.

The Chief Constable took immediate action and has ordered further checks to be made and all such reports to be investigated by the Force’s Professional Standards Department.

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