Man arrested over South Shields sex offence after re-opening of ‘no crime’ probe

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A MAN has been arrested in connection with a sexual offence in South Shields after a ‘no crime’ case was reopened.

The 29-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence that happened in South Shields in November 2013.

He has been bailed pending further inquiries.

The arrest is in connection with an investigation re-opened by Northumbria Police as part of the inquiry into the ‘no-criming’ of rape and sexual offence allegations.

A total of 153 cases were reviewed, of which 54 were deemed to require further investigation.

Forty-eight officers involved were warned they may face disciplinary action as a result of the inquiry.

An audit by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) identified that the force may have incorrectly “no crimed” some rape cases.