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Fall in police referrals

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Police are referring fewer rape cases to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), new figures reveal amid accusations that thousands of victims are being denied justice.


The number of rape cases referred to the CPS by police fell by 32 per cent from 851 in the last quarter of 2018 to 578 in the quarter to September 2019 despite a 65 per cent rise in recorded rape offences to 55,195 over the the past five years.

Rape prosecutions were also down by 26 per cent, while convictions fell by 21 per cent to just 350, prompting Dame Vera Baird, the Victims’ Commissioner, to call for an immediate independent inquiry to investigate the reasons for the “disastrous” fall.

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