Rape victims face ‘culture of disbelief’ despite #MeToo movement, says commissioner – The Independent

‘People who are raped face a “culture of disbelief” when trying to obtain justice, the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales has said. Dame Vera Baird QC said a combination of myths surrounding rape and a drop in the number of prosecutions, despite record volumes of cases being reported to police, meant many victims feel like they were unsupported by the criminal justice system.’

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The Independent, 27th October 2019

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Police prosecute man for throwing paint over a carpet aged 12, 10 years after the offence was committed – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 18th, 2019 in children, criminal damage, DNA, guilty pleas, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘Police prosecuted a man for throwing paint over a carpet, 10 years after the offence which he committed aged 12.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th October 2019

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Drayton Manor to be prosecuted over Evha Jannath’s death – BBC News

Posted October 18th, 2019 in health & safety, homicide, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘The operator of a theme park where an 11-year-old girl died after falling from a water ride is to be prosecuted under health and safety laws. Evha Jannath, from Leicester, was on a school trip in 2017 when she fell from Splash Canyon at Drayton Manor. Staffordshire-based Drayton Manor Park Ltd will face a charge under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.’

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BBC News, 17th October 2019

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Vaginal surgery and piercings are not FGM, says CPS guideline – The Guardian

‘Increasingly popular vaginal cosmetic surgery and genital piercing should in most cases not be prosecuted as female genital mutilation (FGM), according to fresh guidance issued by the Crown Prosecution Service.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2019

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#MeToo and the justice system: complaints up, but convictions down – The Guardian

‘The clearest impact of the #MeToo movement on the British justice system has been a sharp rise in the number of complaints made to police of rape and sexual assault over the past two years.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2019

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Howard League for Penal Reform: Parmoor Lecture – Crown Prosecution Service

‘I aim to be clear this evening about my role as the nation’s chief prosecutor, on behalf of the CPS which I lead. At a time of national upheaval and some political uncertainty, the role of a properly-funded and fully independent prosecution authority is absolutely pivotal.’

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Crown Prosecution Service 14th October 2019

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Police officers discouraged child rape victim from reporting attack, investigation finds – The Independent

Posted October 14th, 2019 in news, police, prosecutions, rape, victims by tracey

‘Two police officers called to reports of a 15-year-old girl being raped in a car park questioned the victim’s credibility and discouraged her from reporting the attack, an investigation has found.’

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The Independent, 12th October 2019

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Scores of Extinction Rebellion protesters face London courts – The Guardian

‘Scores of environmental activists will appear in court this week in one of the UK’s biggest legal crackdowns on climate protests.’

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The Guardian, 30th September 2019

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CPS secures first upskirting convictions – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 26th, 2019 in Crown Prosecution Service, guilty pleas, news, photography, prosecutions, voyeurism by tracey

‘Four men have been convicted so far under the new “upskirting” legislation, the Crown Prosecution Service can reveal.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 25th September 2019

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Legal challenge launched against CPS over plummeting rape prosecutions – The Independent

‘A legal challenge has been lodged against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) over its handling of rape cases after the number of people charged hit a new low.’

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The Independent, 24th September 2019

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Upskirting: Government lawyer becomes first person ever convicted under new law after underground train incident – The Independent

Posted September 24th, 2019 in news, photography, prosecutions, voyeurism by tracey

‘A British government lawyer has become the first person to be convicted of upskirting since it was made a crime under new legislation in April.’

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The Independent, 23rd September 2019

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Concerns raised over prosecution of trafficked British children – The Guardian

‘The children’s commissioner is raising concerns with the Crown Prosecution Service about young victims of human trafficking being prosecuted rather than protected, following a Guardian investigation.’

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The Guardian, 19th September 2019

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Child victims of human trafficking prosecuted despite CPS rules – The Guardian

‘Young British victims of human trafficking who have been forced to sell drugs in county lines operations are being charged and prosecuted despite guidelines against doing so, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2019

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Rape convictions at record low, as CPS launches review to examine ‘myths and stereotypes’ about sexual violence – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 12th, 2019 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, rape, statistics by tracey

‘The number of people prosecuted for rape in England and Wales has slumped to an all-time low, despite record volumes of cases being reported to police, new figures show.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th September 2019

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Homophobic hate crime charges fall despite soaring reports – BBC News

‘Fewer people are being prosecuted for homophobic hate crimes despite rising numbers of potential victims coming forward, figures suggest.’

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BBC News, 11th September 2019

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Anger as River Teifi pollution plant avoids prosecution – BBC News

Posted September 3rd, 2019 in accidents, animals, environmental protection, fines, news, pollution, prosecutions, Wales, water by sally

‘Anglers are “appalled and dismayed” at the decision not to prosecute a company that polluted a river, killing about 18,000 fish.’

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BBC News, 2nd September 2019

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Modern slavery: Are British victims being failed in the UK? – BBC News

Posted September 2nd, 2019 in drug trafficking, forced labour, homelessness, news, prosecutions, statistics by sally

‘Michael was homeless when he was approached by a couple to sell drugs.’

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BBC News, 2nd September 2019

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Victims left ‘at risk from serial rapists’ as conviction rates fall – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 29th, 2019 in news, prosecutions, rape, recidivists, statistics, victims by tracey

‘Falling convictions are putting people at risk of “serial rapists” because attackers are not being deterred, the Victims’ Commissioner has warned. Dame Vera Baird expressed concern as official figures showed that reports of rape are on the increase but the number of charges being brought against attackers has fallen.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th August 2019

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87 bird crime incidents last year and just one conviction, says RSPB – The Guardian

Posted August 29th, 2019 in birds, environmental protection, news, prosecutions, setting traps by tracey

‘Birds of prey were shot, poisoned, trapped or illegally killed in 87 confirmed incidents in 2018 that led to just one successful conviction, according to the RSPB’s annual Birdcrime report.’

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The Guardian, 29th August 2019

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Care home manager to be sentenced for failure to disclose evidence at inquest – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 22nd, 2019 in care homes, disclosure, evidence, inquests, news, prosecutions, sentencing by sally

‘A former manager at a care home where a young woman died is due to be sentenced later this month for failing to attend and disclose evidence to an inquest.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st August 2019

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