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Statement from PCC Kim McGuinness in relation to Operation Optic trials

11th June 2020

Northumbria Police Commissioner Kim McGuinness said: “This woman has been through a series of traumatic events that led her to a court room experience none of us would ever want to go through. She deserved better than the service she got from the police, and they have rightly apologised to her.

“Now she and others need to know what went wrong. The legal issues around her complaint, and the force’s internal reviews, have meant it has been a long wait for that information. I have made clear to the police that updating her on the findings of the report into this needs to be treated as a priority.

“I want to make clear though that Northumbria Police is a force dedicated to seeking out those involved in sexual exploitation and bringing them to justice. This incident should not reflect on the force’s overall commitment and professionalism in tackling this horrific crime.”