Dozens of men were yesterday charged with a wide range of sex crimes against vulnerable girls after two separate police investigations.

Following a 'milestone' operation by Northumbria Police, 20 suspects appeared in court to face charges including rape, sexual assault and sex trafficking.

The alleged offences involved 12 victims, including one girl who was aged just 13, with officers vowing to continue their investigation into the abuse of vulnerable children.

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