Operation Sanctuary update

28 Feb 2014 15:50 PM

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This is an update into the ongoing Northumbria Police Operation 'Sanctuary'.

Northumbria Police’s investigation into the sexual exploitation of vulnerable females has now been running for one month.

Since its launch Operation Sanctuary has seen 54 arrests across the force area.

Approximately 80 vulnerable women and girls have been identified and police, together with partners, are speaking to them and offering them support.

Officers are continuing to visit businesses across the force area, including; taxi firms, hotels, B&Bs, and takeaways to ask for people’s help and co-operation with the operation.

Northumbria Police’s Deputy Chief Constable, Steve Ashman, said: "Operation Sanctuary is progressing and we are acting on and following up all of the information that we are receiving from the public."

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