Tyne & Wear

Newcastle men charged after 'no crime' rape cases reopened

Two Newcastle men have been charged after Northumbria Police reopened more than 150 "no crime" rape cases.

One man, 50, from Slatyford, has been charged with five sexual offences between 2010 and 2014. He has also been charged with two counts of rape.

The offences involve the same victim, police said. He will appear before Newcastle Crown Court on 19 February.

The force is re-examining 54 out of 153 rape inquiries which were dropped since 2011 after being classed "no crimes".

A second man, of Spital Tongues, has been charged with meeting a female aged under 16 following sexual grooming, and a sexual offence against another female aged under 16.

Both offences involved the same teenage girl, police said.

He will appear before Newcastle Magistrates' Court on 4 March.

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