Campaigners cite ‘perfect storm’ of circumstances as CPS data reveals 23.1% fall in cases being charged

The number of rape cases being charged by the Crown Prosecution Service has plummeted to the lowest in a decade, despite an increase in the number of incidents reported to police, figures have revealed.

The CPS charged 849 fewer defendants in 2017-18 than the previous year – a 23.1% fall –according to the service’s annual Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) report.

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