Prosecutors urged to ditch ‘weak’ rape cases to improve figures

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Prosecutors urged to ditch ‘weak’ rape cases to improve figures

Exclusive: CPS advice to tackle criticism of low conviction rates alarms experts

Prosecutors in England and Wales have been urged to take a more risk-averse approach in rape cases to help stem widespread criticism of the service’s low conviction rates, the Guardian can reveal.

The controversial advice to take a proportion of “weak cases out of the system” has been given to specialist rape prosecutors in training seminars, which has led some staff to fear the service has undertaken an undeclared change in policy.

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