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Operation Sanctuary - Two men charged

20 Aug 2014 00:00 AM

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Two men have been charged as part of Operation Sanctuary.

The two have been charged in connection with two separate incidents that are not linked.

Rashid Rehman, 41, of Whittington Grove, Fenham, Newcastle, has been charged with sexual assault by touching of a female aged over 13. The charge is in relation to an incident in Newcastle that happened on April 20.
He will appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court on September 1.

Awan Shahnawaz, 32, of Wingrove Gardens, Fenham, Newcastle, has been charged with sexual assault by touching of a female aged over 13. The charge is in relation to an incident in Newcastle that happened on March 3.
He will appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court on August 29.

The victims in these two incidents were aged 55 and 19.

Police have now made 120 arrests as part of the investigation. The total number of charges stands at 21.