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Jury sent home in Pc Stephen Mitchell case

Pc Stephen Mitchell - photo courtesy of Mark Blacklock, Marxmedia
Image caption Mr Mitchell is alleged to have preyed on women he met on duty

The jury in the case of a police officer accused of raping women he met on duty have been sent home after a second day of deliberations.

Newcastle Crown Court has heard how Pc Stephen Mitchell, 42, offered "favours" to heroin addicts in return for sex.

The Northumbria officer, from Glasgow, denies five counts of rape, six of indecent assault and 15 of misconduct in public office between 1999 and 2006.

The jury is due to continue its deliberations on Friday.

During a five-week trial, the jury heard that Mr Mitchell preyed on heroin addicts, shoplifters and a disabled teenager by offering them help while in custody at Pilgrim Street Police Station in Newcastle.

But his defence counsel claimed the women colluded against him after a rumour started by one claimant was picked up by others in the city's close-knit criminal fraternity.

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