Police officers spoke to a 17-year-old girl and told her to go home, while she was with one of two men who raped her. The teenager had been thrown out of a club in Newcastle for being drunk. Officers spoke to the girl in Times Square but then left her with the man and the attack continued.
Chief Superintendent Gary Calvert said the girl and the man appeared to be together.
More top news
One of the last pieces of coal unearthed from the Ashington mines has been stolen from a display in the Holy Sepulchre Church in Ashington.
The 'Let Our Kids Be Kids' campaign wants parents to keep their children off school saying they are "over-tested and over-worked".
A teenager has admitted in court that he lied to police as to his whereabouts on the day of the alleged attack.