A request made under the Freedom of Information act has found that 16 allegations of sexual assault have been made against at least 23 officers serving in Durham Constabulary since 2016, with some accused ranking as high as Chief Inspector.

The report found that at least one seargant and one inspector had been dismissed over allegations made by colleagues, whilst two other officers had received written warnings.

At least one complaint had been lodged by a member of the public. The force had taken no action on the rest of the allegations.

A Durham Constabulary spokesman said: “The public and Durham Constabulary quite rightly expects the highest professional standards from our officers at all times and appropriate action will be taken against anyone who fall short of those expectations.”

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