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DPP 'incredibly proud' of CPS domestic violence work

The Director of Public Prosecutions has said she is "incredibly proud" of the rise in the conviction rate for domestic violence in recent years.

Alison Saunders said: "I hope victims of these terrible offences will take some confidence from this, and that perpetrators will take note."

She said she was pleased so many cases were now settled by offenders pleading guilty, meaning "the vast majority of victims are spared having to give evidence in court".

She also hailed the high conviction rate for offences involving women and girls, saying: ""I am incredibly proud of what the CPS has achieved in recent years in tackling violence against women and girls."

Record convictions for domestic violence last year

A record three in four prosecutions for domestic violence last year ended in a conviction, the Crown Prosecution has revealed.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, will later announce that in 74.6% of cases defendants either admitted the offences or were found guilty.

The total number of convictions in 2013/14 was just under 60,000, up almost 10% on the figure for 2012/13.

The longer term picture shows a steady rise in conviction rates, which have gone from 59.7% in 2005 to just under 75% in the last year.

According to CPS figures, domestic violence - which covers a wide range of abusive behaviours between partners, spouses and family members - now makes up over a tenth of the Service's casework.

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Azelle Rodney mother criticises 'intolerable' CPS delay

The mother of Azelle Rodney, who was shot dead by a police marksman nine years ago, has criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for the "intolerable" delay in making a decision on criminal charges.

Susan Alexander has written to the CPS telling them that "no mother should have to go through this".

Mr Rodney was shot six times when officers stopped a car he was travelling in with two other men in Edgware, north London.

Azelle Rodney's mother, Susan Alexander, with her lawyer after the publication of a report into her son's death last year. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The officer who fired the fatal shots, known only as 'E7', lost an appeal against a public inquiry finding that he had used excessive force when he shot Mr Rodney.

His lawyers argued that the police had intelligence that the men in the car were carrying machine guns and that the officer had fired because he thought Mr Rodney was about to shoot him.

Tory MP denies 'pressuring' Evans complainants

MP Sarah Wollaston outside Preston Crown Court during Nigel Evans' trial. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A Conservative MP has denied she pushed two men to go the police with allegations against former deputy speaker Nigel Evans, and says Westminster is "turning a blind eye" to harassment claims.

Writing for the Daily Telegraph, Dr Sarah Wollaston said she made the offer to step down to the two complainants if they felt she had "pressured them to take the complaint forward".

The Totnes MP raised allegations linked to Mr Evans with Speaker John Bercow before complaints were lodged with the police.

She says she has faced "rank hostility" since the Ribble Valley MP was acquitted of a string of sexual offence charges last week.

Mr Evans, who currently sits as an independent, noted in an interview with the Daily Mail of Dr Wollaston: "It was mentioned to her as a throwaway remark yet she pursued it. For whatever reason, she decided to have it in for me."

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Nigel Evans: Accusations 'traumatic beyond belief'

Conservative MP Nigel Evans has told Daybreak his experience defending himself against charges of sexual assault was "traumatic beyond belief" and left him contemplating suicide.

The former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons said it was only because of his friends' support that he managed to get through the ordeal.

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