Force re-opens 11 rape investigations

Northumbria Police has admitted that some rape cases may have been incorrectly ‘no crimed’.

So far this year in the force area, there have been 33 alleged rapes that were subsequently given this classification. Police regulations state this happens when those reporting the crime later inform officers that no crime did indeed take place.

Following a recent audit by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and additional examination, the force will investigate 11 of those decisions to find out if they have been properly handled. In addition, checks for other cases are being carried out.

Chief Constable Sue Sim said: “As soon as I became aware of the issue, I instructed a comprehensive investigation of all reported rape cases since October 2011 where a ‘no crime’ of rape has subsequently been recorded.

“As an interim measure, those dealing with any case where decisions are being further examined have been moved to other duties.”

All potential victims in these cases will be contacted by police officers.