Northumbria chief constable dismisses NSPCC claim move ‘beggars belief’ and says paying informer was right thing to do

Northumbria police have dismissed criticism by the NSPCC of the decision to pay a convicted child rapist to secure a set of child grooming convictions as ill-informed.

Speaking after the children’s charity said that the move to build the case against a sex grooming network in Newcastle “beggared belief,” Steve Ashman, the chief constable of Northumbria police, insisted that it was vindicated by a string of guilty verdicts. Seventeen men and one woman have been convicted in four trials involving rape, human trafficking and conspiracy to incite prostitution.

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