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Child rapist paid £10k to spy on underage 'sex parties

Police paid a convicted child rapist almost £10,000 to spy on parties where they believed underage girls would be sexually abused, a court has heard.
A total of 17 men and one woman have been convicted of, or have admitted, charges including rape, supplying drugs and inciting prostitution, in a series of trials at Newcastle Crown Court.
During the trials, it was heard that Northumbria Police recruited a sex offender years after he drugged an underage girl and invited another man to rape her after he had done so.
The convict, who can only be named as XY, was tasked to assist the force with its investigation into child sexual exploitation in Newcastle.
Subsequent trials, which until now were unreportable, have heard girls were groomed by men who gave them cannabis, alcohol and the designer drug Mkat at parties, then encouraged into having sex.
Police spoke to 108 potential victims and over the course of four trials 20 young women gave evidence.
Those prosecuted were from the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish communities and mainly British-born, with most living in the West End of Newcastle.
During pre-trial hearings, defence barristers argued the cases of more than 10 men should be thrown out due to the informant's involvement.
Robin Patton, representing one of the defendants, said the public's confidence in the justice system would be "substantially diminished" if they knew police had recruited "such an individual".
David Hislop QC, representing another defendant, said XY had 13 previous convictions, including 26 offences of dishonesty.
During legal submissions, the informant gave evidence to the court and made a series of lurid allegations against the police, including claims of racism and that he was asked to plant drugs.
He claimed he was recruited because he acted as an informal taxi driver for some of the defendants and "had to make it look like I was their friend".
Judge Penny Moreland rejected his evidence in its entirety, describing it as "inherently unreliable" and "clearly dishonest".
In a statement, the NSPCC said it was "appalled" Northumbria Police recruited a convicted child rapist as an informant.
"It beggars belief that it would ever have been considered, let alone approved, and serious questions must be asked about the force's approach to child sexual exploitation operations," it said.
"However good the force's intentions, their misguided actions run entirely counter to all current child protection procedures and what we know about sex offenders and could have compromised this investigation.

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