Northumbria Police has re-opened 54 rape cases for further investigation. It follows an audit by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) which showed some rape cases may have been incorrectly recorded as 'no crime'.
The Chief Constable of Northumbria ordered further checks to be made on all such reports since October 2011. A team of experienced officers looked at 153 cases and have decided 54 require further investigation.
"Each case will be reinvestigated by the review team. This will include contacting the victims in these identified cases and our main priority is to support them through this process.
“We are progressing this speedily but thoroughly, mindful of the impact this can have on victims when we speak to them again about their experiences.
“I want to reassure anyone reporting such crimes to us that we will listen to them, take them seriously, investigate thoroughly and bring offenders to justice whenever we can.”
48 officers who were involved in the cases identified in the audit, and those who supervised the investigations, have been served with formal notifications and those in the Rape Investigation Team have been moved to other teams. Northumbria Police says this is standard procedure and a temporary measure.
“This does not necessarily mean they are guilty of serious issues. This is entirely dependent on the findings of the investigation. If any officer has failed to reach the high standards expected of them rest assured this will be dealt with through the proper procedures.
Following the re-opening of cases a 50 year old man has been arrested in the Slatyford area of Newcastle in connection with a rape in March this year and has been bailed.
A woman in her 20s has been raped in the smoking area of a nightclub in Newcastle.
It was reported just before 5am this morning. She was attacked in the area between Perdu and Blackie Boy on Collingwood Street in the city centre.
Detectives say enquiries are in their early stages. They are speaking to the victim and examining CCTV from the surrounding area.
Anyone with information should contact police.
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Police are continuing to appeal for information to trace a missing Northumberland man.
Dominic Broadley, 36, from the Morpeth area, has not been seen since around 4.45pm on Friday, August 22, when he got out of a family member's car in the Newcastle west area.
He is believed to have used an ATM on September 20, at the Spar at Wolsingham in Weardale, County Durham.
And he has been seen to use ATMs in the Cumbria area, first on September 23 at the village shop at Main Street in Brough, and then again on September 25 at Barclays at Main Street in Sedbergh.
Dominic is described as white, 5 feet 9" tall, slim build, with short mousy brown hair which is unkempt. He was last seen wearing a black jumper, blue jeans, trainers and glasses.
He has connections to Gateshead, Whitley Bay, Sunderland and the Consett areas.
Police and his family are concerned for his welfare and are carrying out enquiries to locate him.
Officers are appealing for Dominic to make contact with them, or anyone who recognises him is asked to call police.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Dominic should contact police on 101, quoting reference 969 22/08/14.
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The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, is today calling for schools to teach children about domestic violence.
Speaking at an event at Northumbria University, she aims to voice the importance for young people to learn that non-violent relationships are healthy and normal.
Vera Baird is working with the Labour party to propose changes to the national curriculum.
Police investigating a theft of meat from a Northumberland shop have released CCTV of two men they need to speak to.
£200 worth of meat was stolen around 4pm on Tuesday, 29th July at a Co-op at Southend Avenue in Blyth.
Police investigating have released CCTV images of two men they need to speak to who it's believed may be able to help with their enquiries.
Police investigating the death of a man in Newcastle have charged Danyl Dryden, 23, of no fixed abode, with murder.
Robert James Littlefair, from Whitley Bay, was found with serious head injuries following a disturbance in the Heaton area early on Saturday morning.
Danyl Dryden, 23, of no fixed abode, has been charged with his murder and is due to appear before North Tyneside magistrates on Monday.
Seven other people arrested at the time have been released without further action.
Police have cordoned off an area of Heaton after a man died following a 'disturbance' in the early hours of this morning.
Officers were called to Plessey Terrace at around 5am and found a 24-year-old man with injuries.
He died later in hospital.
Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of assault.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101.
Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of assault after a man died following a 'disturbance' in Heaton.
Police were called to Plessey Terrace around 5am this morning.
The 24-year-old man was found with injuries and later died in hospital. His death is being treated as 'unexplained'.