CPS unveils five-year blueprint to boost rape convictions

Overhaul comes after campaigners alleged secret policy to drop ‘weak’ cases

The Crown Prosecution Service has launched a new strategy to tackle tumbling rates of charging and prosecution for rape, following sustained criticism that the service is failing victims of sexual assault.

The unveiling of the CPS’s five-year “blueprint” for prosecuting rape and serious sexual assault comes as it releases data that is expected to show that the number of rape cases being charged by prosecutors remains at its lowest for a decade.

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