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Northumbria Pc accused of rapes denied bail

A Northumbria Police officer charged with a string of sex attacks, including seven rapes, has been refused bail and remanded into custody.

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

The 41-year-old officer was denied bail by a district judge at Newcastle Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

He is due to appear before the city's crown court on 4 February.

The allegations involve 19 people and the crimes are said to have taken place between 1999 and 2007.

The charges 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 the allegations under the management of the IPCC.

He first appeared at the magistrates' court on Wednesday, where the case was adjourned for the bail application to be prepared.

He has served at Newcastle and Northumberland area commands.



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