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MPs have criticised the director of public prosecutions over long-term failings that saw vital evidence withheld from defence lawyers in rape and serious sexual assault cases. The Justice Committee said "insufficient focus and leadership" led to problems going unresolved and that Alison Saunders "did not sufficiently recognise the extent and…
Police in Lincolnshire are failing to record thousands of crimes including sexual offences, grievous bodily harm and rape. A watchdog examined records between June 1 and November 30 2017 and estimated that more than 9,400 reported crimes went unrecorded each year, about 18.8% of the total. Overall, the force was…
A history teacher at a top private school has been jailed for 17 years for raping one of his pupils, leaving her suffering a "life sentence" of suicidal thoughts and self-harming. James Husband is the fifth Christ's Hospital School teacher to be convicted of sexually abusing students over a period…
A rape victim who suffers with post traumatic stress disorder has been denied benefits for "not demonstrating symptoms" at the time of her claim assessment. Labour MP Wes Streeting raised the case at Prime Minister's Questions, telling MPs he saw examples such as this "week in, week out" at his…
A teenager has appeared in court charged with the rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, who was found dead on the Isle of Bute. The 16-year-old male, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, made no plea during a private appearance at Greenock Sheriff Court (pictured) on Friday, the…
An investigation has been launched into the police response to an allegation of rape made by teenager Gaia Pope-Sutherland before her death. The 19-year-old was found dead on November 18 last year after being reported missing from Swanage, Dorset, 11 days earlier. Her family have said she developed symptoms of…
Almost 200 women have had to declare they are rape victims to qualify for additional child tax credits since a controversial welfare reform was introduced, MPs have heard. The SNP's social justice spokesman, Neil Gray, said the benefit changes have had a "devastating" impact on women, as he urged ministers…
A man has told a court he did not rape a woman who has raised a civil legal action against him. Stephen Coxen admitted he had been "rude" towards the woman on the night in question and that their time together became upsetting, but he denied the allegation he faces.…
A convicted child killer dubbed the Beast of Wombwell died of natural causes days after he was found guilty of rape and before he could be charged with the murder of another teenager, an inquest has heard. Peter Pickering, 80, had been locked up for more than 45 years after…
One in five British festival goers have experienced sexual assault or harassment at an event, according to new research. Campaigners said the figures, believed to be the first of their kind, should be a wake-up call for the industry to start treating sexual violence as seriously as other crimes at…
A woman who has raised a civil legal action against a man cleared of raping her has told a court she thought she was going to die during the alleged attack. "I was just so afraid," the witness told a sheriff. She also described how she has suffered panics, flashbacks…
A civil case against a man cleared of rape has begun after his alleged victim raised a legal action seeking damages. Stephen Coxen, 23, from Bury in Lancashire, is being sued by a woman who accuses him of raping her in St Andrews, Fife, in 2013. Coxen (pictured) denied the…
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