Operation Sanctuary update

04 Apr 2014 11:42 AM

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Police have now charged 10 people as part of Operation Sanctuary - the Northumbria Police investigation into allegations of sexual offences committed against vulnerable women and girls.

Since the operation's launch in January, a total of 71 people have been arrested from across the force area (69 men and two women).

The tenth charge was made on April 1. All those charged are now in the court system.

Officers have identified approximately 80 women and girls who are complainants. Officers are working with partners to speak to each one to establish the circumstances and provide appropriate support.

Police are continuing to work alongside local businesses, including local hotels and taxi drivers, who are giving their support to the operation and reporting any suspicious activity.

The public has already provided some important information and police are urging them to continue coming forward with information whenever they spot any suspicious activity.

Anyone with any information or concerns is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 'Operation Sanctuary', or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Advice and support is also available via Victim Support on 0845 277 0977 or Childline on 0800 1111.

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