CPS accused of betraying rape victims as prosecutions hit record low – The Guardian

‘The Crown Prosecution Service must be held to account for its continued “betrayal” of rape victims, the victims’ commissioner of England and Wales has said, as new figures revealed rape prosecutions had fallen to another record low.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2021

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Police and CPS in rape case blame game – report – BBC News

‘Police and the Crown Prosecution Service are involved in a blame game over a drop in rape prosecutions, a watchdogs’ report has said.’

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BBC News, 16th July 2021

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CPS publishes updated guidance for handling of illegal entry cases via small boats – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Prosecutors and law enforcement agencies have agreed a consistent approach to the handling of cases involving illegal entry to the UK via small boats and lorries.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 8th July 2021

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Migrants who steer dinghies across English Channel to claim asylum will no longer be prosecuted – The Independent

Posted July 9th, 2021 in asylum, bills, Crown Prosecution Service, immigration, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘Migrants who steer dinghies across the English Channel with the sole intention of claiming asylum in port will no longer be prosecuted, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.’

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The Independent, 8th July 2021

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Rape victims still face police phone trawl, says commissioner – BBC News

‘Proposals for England and Wales mean people who claim to have been raped will still face pressure to hand over their phones to police and prosecutors, says the victims’ commissioner.’

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BBC News, 17th July 2021

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Crown court backlog hits record high of 60,000 cases as victims wait years for justice – The Independent

‘The backlog of crown court cases in England and Wales has hit a record number of almost 60,000 as waiting times rocket for victims and defendants.’

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The Independent, 24th June 2021

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Dalian Atkinson: jury discharged after failing to reach verdict on second PC – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2021 in assault, homicide, juries, news, police, prosecutions, sport, unlawful killing by tracey

‘A jury has been discharged following its failure to reach a verdict on allegations that a police officer assaulted the former footballer Dalian Atkinson with a baton after he was felled by a stun gun on the night he died.’

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The Guardian, 24th June 2021

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Three in four domestic abuse cases end without charge in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘Three in four domestic abuse offences reported to the police are closed without a perpetrator being charged, a watchdog has said, amid fears the figures have worsened during the pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2021

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Justice Secretary says it would be wrong for him to push for more rape prosecutions – The Independent

‘Labour accuses Robert Buckland of U-turn after he says he will not use his political position to urge more prosecutions and convictions.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2021

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One third of convicted sex offenders across England and Wales avoid prison – The Guardian

‘Ministers are facing demands to explain why thousands of convicted sexual offenders across England and Wales have avoided prison. An Observer investigation found that adults convicted of sexually assaulting children under 13, or of engaging in sexual activity with underage teenagers, are among those who have not been jailed.’

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The Guardian, 19th June 2021

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Drill music as bad character evidence – 6KBW College Hill

‘The past decade has seen the emergence of ‘drill music’ content increasingly used by the prosecution in criminal trials involving young, black, male defendants accused of gang-related offences.’

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6KBW College Hill, 13th June 2021

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Justice Secretary Robert Buckland ‘sorry’ for failing rape victims – BBC News

‘Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has apologised to rape victims for low conviction rates in England and Wales and promised to “do a lot better”.’

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BBC News 18th June 2021

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The sexual assault of sleeping women: the hidden, horrifying rape crisis in Britain’s bedrooms – The Guardian

Posted June 17th, 2021 in consent, domestic violence, news, prosecutions, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘A recent survey suggested a shockingly high proportion of women have been sexually assaulted by a partner as they slept. Now more and more are speaking out.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2021

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Victims of police domestic abuse ‘feel silenced’ – BBC News

Posted June 16th, 2021 in domestic violence, news, police, prosecutions, statistics, victims by sally

‘UK police forces have received more than 800 allegations of domestic abuse against officers and staff over the last five years, BBC research has revealed.’

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BBC News, 15th June 2021

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Daniel Morgan murder: Met chief censured for hampering corruption inquiry – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2021 in corruption, inquiries, murder, news, police, prosecutions, reports by sally

‘Cressida Dick, the commissioner of the Metropolitan police, has been personally censured for hampering an inquiry into police corruption in the long-running Daniel Morgan murder case.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2021

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Christopher Kapessa: Family wins legal bid to review decision not to prosecute teen over river death – The Independent

‘The family of 13-year-old Christopher Kapessa, who died after being pushed into the River Cynon in South Wales in July 2019, have won a High Court bid for a review of the decision not to prosecute the teenager accused of being responsible.’

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The Independent, 11th June 2021

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Rape cases in England and Wales will be hit hard by backlog, says police chief – The Guardian

‘Rape and domestic violence cases in England and Wales will be among the worst hit from the growing backlog in the judicial system, and trials could soon start collapsing because of severe delays, the new crime commissioner for England’s second biggest force has warned.’

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The Guardian, 6th June 2021

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Christopher Kapessa: Mum plans legal action over river death – BBC News

‘A mother plans to launch her own legal action if the decision not to prosecute the boy reportedly involved in her son’s death is not reversed.’

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BBC News, 7th June 2021

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Black people 12 times more likely to be prosecuted for cannabis, new analysis shows – The Independent

‘Black people are 12 times more likely to be prosecuted for cannabis possession than white people, according to new analysis by the Liberal Democrats who are calling for an end to the use of Stop and Search for small amounts.’

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The Independent, 27th May 2021

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CPS statement on Hillsborough ruling – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The Nightingale Court at The Lowry Theatre, Manchester, has found there is no case for Peter Metcalf, former Chief Superintendent Donald Denton and former Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster to answer on the charges of perverting the course of justice in relation to their actions following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 26th May 2021

Source: www.cps.gov.uk