A rogue policeman has been jailed for life after being convicted of raping and sexually assaulting vulnerable women.
Pc Stephen Mitchell was ordered to serve two life sentences and warned he might never be freed from prison by a judge at Newcastle Crown Court.
Trial judge Mr Justice Wilkie said the Northumbria Police Pc was a “ruthless sexual predator” who was a danger to women.
Mitchell (42), formerly of Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, preyed on women he met while on duty from his base at Pilgrim Street police station in Newcastle.
The pervert, originally from Glasgow, raped and sexually abused heroin addicts, shoplifters and a disabled teenager by offering them help while in custody, then demanding sexual favours afterwards.