Official figures show 42,000 fewer offences charged for every type of crime.
Written by Lizzie Dearden, The Independent
Authorities have been accused of “decriminalising” sex attacks after official statistics showed that the proportion of reported rapes prosecuted in England and Wales has fallen to 1.4 per cent.
Alleged victims are dropping out of investigations in 40 per cent of cases, following warnings over the impact of blanket demands for mobile phones and medical records.
Another 14 per cent of cases ended because of other “evidential difficulties”, even when the alleged rapist had been identified and the complainant wanted them prosecuted, while suspects were not traced in 9 per cent of reports.
The figures were released weeks after an alliance of women’s groups launched legal action against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) over its handling of rape cases.