Re­port into Shel­ter case is de­layed

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THE man lead­ing a probe into the Op­er­a­tion Shel­ter sex scan­dal has de­layed pub­li­ca­tion of his re­port.

Eigh­teen men were con­victed as part of the Northum­bria Po­lice probe into the sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of vul­ner­a­ble young women and girls, in New­cas­tle’s West End.

New­cas­tle Crown Court heard how the men would prey on trou­bled fe­males and lure them to par­ties where they were plied with drugs and booze be­fore be­ing used for sex.

A total of 25 peo­ple were charged with a range of crimes re­lat­ing to 22 young vic­tims as a re­sult of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Au­thor David Spicer had planned to pub­lish his find­ings be­fore the end of this year. How­ever, he said he now needs more time.

In par­tic­u­lar, the bar­ris­ter and child abuse ex­pert wants time to speak to vic­tims, and Mr Spicer also wants to visit some of the per­pe­tra­tors in prison.

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