Detectives say they have now identified 80 women and girls they need to speak to as part of operation sanctuary, an investigation into sexual abuse on Tyneside.
Frances Read has been at Northumbria Police headquarters.
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Robert Hodgson, from Stanley, County Durham, committed the offences on the girls, aged as young as five or six, up to the age of 13.