Lead of operation into a series of sexual abuses Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Gary Calvert from Northumbria Police said the victims 'include teenage girls'.
He said it was a “sensitive investigation" which was still at a very early stage and moving rapidly.
– Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Gary Calvert
I understand that these types of allegations can cause the public concern and I want to reassure the community that police take crimes of this nature extremely seriously and will thoroughly investigate them.
Our overarching priority is to protect any victims or potential victims and to bring any offenders to justice.
I must emphasise that the suspects do not come from one community but a range of communities and it would be very wrong to speculate until we have the full facts which may take some time.
The victims include teenage girls as well as young adults.