More than one in three rape allegations initially deemed “no crime” are to be reopened following a review of 153 cases, Northumbria police have said.
A total of 48 officers involved have been warned they may face disciplinary action as a result of the inquiry by the force.
An audit by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) identified that the force may have incorrectly “no crimed” some rape cases. That means detectives decided after making investigations into allegations that no law had been broken.
The force’s chief constable ordered a review of all such reports going back three years and a team of experienced officers has checked 153 cases.
Ch Supt Neil Adamson said that, of those, 54 will require further investigation – more than one in three of those reviewed.
“Northumbria police reopen 54 rape cases initially deemed to be ‘no crime’: Force reopens cases after audit by police watchdog said officers may have erred when concluding no laws had been broken”