A drunken student was raped by a taxi driver who found her unconscious by the road after she was allowed to walk home alone from a police station.
The 22-year-old victim had been taken to the station by a different taxi driver who told cops the girl appeared to have passed out in the back seat.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigated after a complaint that the girl was allowed to leave.
A probe has established the first cabbie could not get the woman's address from her when he picked her up.
He took her to the Bridge Street West station in Middlesbrough as she appeared to him to be asleep or unconscious on the back seat.
The taxi driver asked two officers for help. She was taken inside and front counter staff were told that she needed a taxi, IOPC investigators found.
'The woman went into the police station, spoke briefly to a member of front counter staff and then walked away from the police station towards Middlesbrough town centre,' an IOPC statement said.
'The two officers drove past her as she walked to the taxi rank.
'Later that night, the woman was raped by another taxi driver, who was later convicted of the offence.'
A second cabbie called Naleem Nasleem was jailed for ten years in 2016 for raping the student he found slumped at the side of the road in Middlesbrough town centre.
He drove her to a quiet area not covered by CCTV and then raped her on the back seat.