Police officer in court on sex attack charges

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A police officer will appear in court today accused of a string of sex attacks.

Pc Stephen Mitchell, who serves with Northumbria Police, is to appear at Newcastle Crown Court via videolink from Frankland Prison accused of 43 offences, including rape, indecent assault and misconduct in a public office.

The 41-year-old officer faces allegations involving 19 people which 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.

Mitchell, who has served in the Newcastle and Northumberland area commands, was arrested in Glasgow in January following a year-long investigation by Northumbria Police's professional standards department, under the management of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Northumbria Police said Mitchell, from Whitley Bay, was suspended last year.