Pc charged with keeping a brothel

A police officer has been charged with keeping a brothel, misconduct in a public office and a drugs offence, his employers said.

Northumbria Police Constable Philip Tate, 37, faces nine charges and has appeared before Newcastle Crown Court after being charged on May 28.

He faces five counts of misconduct in a public office, one of supplying a class C drug, one of money laundering, one of keeping a brothel and one offence under the Consumer Credit Act, a force spokeswoman said.

"As the case is currently going through the courts, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time," she said.

At a preliminary hearing held previously, Tate and two co-accused were granted bail.

The Pc, currently suspended, will appear before the same court in October for a plea and case management hearing.