CPS welcomes new dedicated police rape unit

01/10/2009

A specialist unit set up by Northumbria Police dedicated to investigating reported rapes should lead to cases being prosecuted more effectively.

The unit, which is one of the first of its kind in the country, consists of:

  • A Detective Inspector
  • Four Detective Sergeants
  • Sixteen Detective Constables

The unit, which is based in the force's new premises in the old Siemens building in North Tyneside, is headed up by Detective Superintendent Steve Wade.

Mark Donkin, CPS Northumbria's lead on rape cases said: "This will significantly change the way in which they deal with rape cases, and should make it easier for our rape specialist prosecutors to work as a team with the police investigators following the recommendations made with the new NPIA/CPS Joint Manual of Guidance on the Investigation and Prosecution of Rape."

The unit will investigate all rape allegations reported from 1st October, throughout the force area. The unit will only deal with rape allegations, including historic allegations, except those cases where the victim is a child and the suspect is a family member, carer or other professional.  Responsibility for those cases will remain with the Child Abuse investigation teams.  The unit will not deal with the investigation of any other serious sexual offences, including attempted rape, which will remain the responsibility of individual area commands.

For more information, contact Roderick Stuart, CPS Group Communications Manager, on 0191 260 4384.