A police officer was yesterday accused of seven counts of rape and a string of sexual offences.
PC Stephen Mitchell, 41, appeared in court facing 43 charges for offences against 19 women.
All the women are believed to have been suspects in police inquiries, some of them addicted to drugs or homeless.
The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1999 and 2007, while Mitchell was serving with Northumbria Police.
The officer was arrested on Monday night after an investigation by the force's professional standards department in conjunction with the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
He was suspended from duty after the investigation was launched.