Six people who left offensive comments on social media about the Operation Shelter sex gang have been tracked down by police.

Northumbria Police posted a series of articles on its Facebook page following the conviction of 18 people after an investigation into sex exploitation in Newcastle's West End.

However, the force received a complaint after a number of comments were left on the page, referring to the race and religion of the perpetrators in the case.

An investigation was launched and police have now traced six people who were behind the posts deemed to be offensive and potentially criminal.

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