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  1. Updates on Thursday 10 August 2017

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  2. BreakingFormer police chief 'kept in the dark' about payment to rapist

    Former Northumbria Police chief constableSue Sim says she was "kept in the dark" about a £10,000 payment to an informant who was a child rapist.

    She told BBC Newcastle that Operation Sanctuary started while she was still in charge, and the force should not have paid the man, known only as XY.

    She said: "I cannot condone the use of an informant who was a child rapist.

    "There are a number of reasons for that, firstly, the fact of the matter is two wrongs can never make a right.

    "I’ve heard the chief constable today saying that you will use any tactic to take these people off the streets, that can never be correct."

    Asked why the use of XY was not brought to her attention, she said: "I really don’t know, but I should imagine that the reason was they knew that I would say no.

    "And the reason that I say no is, as I’ve said, where do you stop? Where do you draw the line?

    "Well, actually, they certainly never told me. I absolutely was kept in the dark about it."

    Sue Sim
  3. 'People are more afraid to be called a racist than they are afraid to be wrong about child abuse'

    The shadow women and equalities secretary, Sarah Champion, says there is a lack of action in child exploitation because people are "more afraid to be called a racist than they are afraid to be wrong about child abuse".

    The Labour MP for Rotherham said people need to acknowledge that the majority of perpetrators have been British-Pakistani in towns where grooming cases have occured.

    She's also calling for more Government research.

    Rotherham MP Sarah Champion
  4. Charity say payment to convicted paedophile was justified

    A charity working with the victims of Operation Sanctuary says the payment of a child rapist by Northumbria Police was justified.

    The force has faced criticism for giving over £10,000 to a convicted paedophile known as XY in exchange for information in their biggest ever investigation.

    Changing Lives has worked with 49 victims of Sanctuary.

    The charity's chief executive, Stephen Bell, said that few sex crimes are prosecuted and even fewer lead to convictions.

    Quote Message: To have 18 out of 25 (Operation Shelter) defendants prosecuted and convicted and taken off the streets is a huge percentage.
    Quote Message: Therefore you can argue that the ends justify the means. We know that a number of people would not have been jailed without this information. I understand it is very emotive."
  5. Appeal after three indecent exposures on Teesside

    A man indecently exposed himself three times in Norton, police have said.

    The first incident happened on Saturday 29 July at about 08:30 when a woman was followed by a man who exposed himself on the path between Milburn Crescent and Ida Street.

    On Monday 31 July at about 08:30 and Tuesday 1 August at about 16:30 the same man stood in the bushes in the park close to Milburn Crescent and exposed himself to a female dog walker.

    The man is white, about 5ft 8in, of slim build with short dark, hair.

    He is believed to be between 35 and 40 years old.

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    Video caption: Operation Sanctuary: Newcastle community leaders react

    Newcastle community leaders react to the convictions of a grooming network.

  7. Informants 'cheapest and most efficient way of solving crime'

    A former undercover police officer says that paying informants is the cheapest and most efficient way of solving crime.

    It comes as Northumbria Police have faced criticism for paying a child rapist to assist in a large scale abuse case in Newcastle.

    Neil Woods spent 14 years posing as a drug addict in order to infiltrate drug gangs, and he would use informers to tip him off before he went undercover.

    He said they would be paid anything from £20 to £14,000, and he also described working with them as a very fine line, as they have to be handled very carefully so as not to put them at risk.

    Over the last five years UK forces have paid out more than £22m to informants.

  8. Watch: Rotherham MP says it's 'morally repugnant' to pay paedophile informant

    Kevin Larkin

    BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

    Rotherham's MP says it is "morally repugnant" to pay paedophiles to act as informants.

    However, Sarah Champion, who is also Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, said using paedophiles as informants, unpaid, is worthwhile if it prevents abuse.

    She was reacting after Northumbria Police was criticised for paying a paedophile £10,000 to act as an informant in a recent abuse case:

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    Video caption: sarah champion
  9. Jeremy Corbyn 'very uncomfortable' about evidence payments

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he is "very uncomfortable" about anyone being paid for evidence of any sort.

    Jeremy Corbyn

    He spoke out after Northumbria Police employed a child rapist to assist in their biggest ever investigation.

    The man, known as XY, was paid over £10,000 to help in a case which saw 17 men and one woman convicted of sexual abuse against children as young as 14 in Newcastle.

    He added: "It's also important that women are protected and safe guarded, and that prosecutions actually take place for people committing the most heinous crimes possible."

  10. Woman fighting for life after subway attack

    A woman is fighting for her life after being attacked in a Darlington underpass in the early hours of this morning.

    Police were called to Bondgate in the town just before 0230 responding to reports of a domestic incident.

    The victim is currently in hospital with what are described as "life-threatening injuries."

    A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

    Underpass in Darlington
  11. County Durham 'bleach attack' did not happen

    Police investigating after a woman said she had a chemical thrown into her face in County Durham now say they believe the incident did not happen.

    A 21-year-old woman reported that a gang attacked her with a corrosive liquid that smelled like bleach in an alleyway in Newton Aycliffe last month.

    A spokeman from Durham Police said: "However, following a full investigation it now appears the incident did not take place and officers are no longer looking for anyone in connection with it."

  12. Grooming gangs 'are being probed more rigorously'

    A former Crown Prosecution Service chief has admitted that cases of grooming gangs targeting white girls were not previously examined as rigorously in the past as they might have been now.

    Lord Macdonald of River Glaven's comments came after Newcastle became the latest in a list of towns and cities where sex rings have been exposed.

    Eighteen people, mostly of Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Indian backgrounds, were convicted for sex crimes against girls as young as 14 yesterday as part of Northumbria Police's biggest ever operation.

    Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the Liberal Democrat peer said all communities need to recognise it is a "profoundly racist crime".

    You can hear the full interview here: