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Northumbria police officer charged with sex attacks

A Northumbria Police officer has appeared in court charged with a string of sex attacks.

Pc Stephen Mitchell is accused of 43 offences including rape, indecent assault and misconduct in a public office.

The 41-year-old was remanded in custody at Newcastle Magistrates' Court.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the allegations involved 19 people and are said to have taken place between 1999 and 2007.

They include seven offences of rape, 17 of indecent assault and 19 of misconduct in a public office.

Pc Mitchell was arrested in Glasgow on Monday night by officers from Northumbria Police's professional standards department, who have been investigating these matters under the management of the IPCC.

He has served at Newcastle and Northumberland area commands.

An IPCC spokesman said: "This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information which they feel could be relevant to the inquiry is asked to contact Northumbria Police."

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