Northumberland Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird
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Northumbria police reopen a third of 'no crime' rape cases

Around one third of rape cases dismissed by Northumbria Police in the past three years are now being reinvestigated, the force has revealed.

The force is re-examining 54 out of 153 rape inquiries classed as "no crime" since October 2011.

Alleged victims will be contacted and 48 officers who carried out initial investigations have been told their cases have been reopened.

One man has already been arrested on suspicion of rape in a reopened case.

The BBC's Dan Johnson reports.

  • 06 Oct 2014