The utterly shameful level of convictions in England and Wales is down to the CPS dropping so-called ‘weak’ cases

Vera Baird is the victims’ commissioner for England and Wales

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has published its performance statistics on sexual violence cases for the year 2019-20. They make shocking reading.

The number of prosecutions for rape is down to its lowest level since annual recording began – 2,102 in England and Wales compared with 3,034 in 2018-19 – a drop of 30% in a single year.

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