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Brexit debate: Talks over TV showdown descend into row between May and Corbyn camps

Negotiations over a live TV Brexit debate have descended into a row after Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn demanded different formats for the event. The prime minister’s team has agreed to a BBC proposal for the debate on the deal she agreed with Brussels, but Mr Corbyn is backing ITV’s plan. While public statements have […]

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'Untold damage' caused by failure to properly disclose evidence in court cases, review finds

Failures to properly disclose evidence in court cases has caused “untold damage” to victims and suspects, a government review has concluded. Commissioned following the high-profile collapse of a series of rape cases over newly discovered phone messages, the investigation found that police and prosecutors were routinely violating their duty to record, retain and review material. The attorney general’s […]

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Rape victims' mobile phones will not be seized 'as a matter of course', new director of public prosecutions says

Rape victims’ mobile phones will not be seized “as a matter of course” in criminal investigations, the new head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said. In his first public address in the role, Max Hill QC vowed to improve the way evidence is disclosed to defence lawyers in criminal trials, following the collapse […]

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Information Commissioner called to investigate 'antiquated and wrong' demands for rape victims' records

Campaigners are demanding a full investigation into “antiquated and wrong” demands for access to rape victims’ mobile phone data and personal records. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is considering widening an existing probe into the use of claimants’ information, amid claims that prosecutors are making increasingly intrusive demands. Big Brother Watch, which campaigns on privacy […]

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Police accuse prosecutors of 'raising bar' for rape cases after scandal over collapsed trials

Senior police officers have accused prosecutors of “raising the bar” for evidence required to take rapists to court, following a scandal over collapsed cases. Victims’ groups say women reporting rape are frequently told their case will not reach court unless they allow police access to their mobile phones and private communications, or sign statements that let […]

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