We prosecuted Stuart Hall because the evidence of the victims clearly established a pattern of behaviour that was unlawful and for which no innocent explanation could be offered.
His victimsdid not know each other and almost two decades separated the first and last assaults but almost all of the victims, including one who was only nine at thetime of the assault, provided strikingly similar accounts. Whether in public orprivate, Hall would first approach under friendly pretences and then bide histime until the victim was isolated. He can only be described as anopportunistic predator.
– Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West Nazir Afzal
Mr Afzal added his thanks to the victims who "had the bravery to come forward," adding: "This caseclearly shows that the victims of abuse will not be denied justice by thepassage of time and abusers will be held to account.”
'It was a plan that went disastrously and tragically wrong'
CPS Crown Advocate Samantha Shallow has described the case of Mick and Mairead Philpott as "a plan that went disastrously and tragically wrong".
Mick and Mairead Philpott have been found guilty of the manslaughter of their six children in a fire at their house in Derby in May last year. Family friend Paul Mosley was also found guilty of their deaths.
In a statement, Ms Shallow said:
Today’s verdict shows that the children died as a result of the actions of Michael and Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley when they set the fire.
It was a plan that went disastrously and tragically wrong.
This has been a challenging and harrowing case to prosecute.
Amid all the details of the defendants’ personal lives that have come out in court, it should not be forgotten that at the heart of this case were the deaths of six innocent children.
I extend the condolences of the whole prosecution team to the family and friends of the six children for their tragic loss.
'Insufficient evidence' Eric Joyce committed an offence
The Crown Prosecution Service has said there was "insufficient evidence" that Eric Joyce MP had committed an offence after he was arrested on suspicion of assault and ABH following an incident outside a bar in the House of Commons.
Although there appears to have been an incident on the evening in question, evidence obtained from witnesses contained multiple inconsistencies and there is insufficient evidence that Mr Joyce committed any offence.
On this basis, we have concluded there is insufficient evidence to support a realistic prospect of conviction and that no further action should be taken.
Malcolm McHaffie, deputy head of special crime for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), has released the following statement regarding two members of staff accused of submitting false taxi claims:
Following a complaint by the Crown Prosecution Service and a subsequent investigation by West Midlands Police into two members of CPS staff, I have carefully considered available evidence in relation to Lisa Joanne Burrows, a finance manager, and another member of staff, an administrative officer. Both are employed by CPS West Midlands.
I have now concluded that it is appropriate to charge both Burrows and the other individual with conspiracy to commit fraud.
The charges relate to an allegation that Burrows and the other member of staff, on or before 27 February 2013, conspired together to commit fraud by false representation by submitting to the Crown Prosecution Service false claims for witness care taxi services to the value of at least £1,000,000 when no such services had been supplied ...
I have tonight authorised West Midlands Police to charge these two individuals, and Lisa Burrows has now been charged. The other individual has not yet been charged.
Lisa Burrows will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on February 28."
'Justice delayed is justice denied', warns Minister
The new board will help draw up new reforms, to be unveiled in the spring, to a criminal justice system that, according to Damian Green, has seen little progress in the last 160 years. In a speech later today Mr Green will add:
The majority of magistrates court trials don't go ahead on the day they are planned to. If every day only 44% of trains left the stations, or 44% of planned hospital operations took place there would be a national uproar. Yet every day this happens in the magistrates' courts.
Justice delayed is justice denied. What we should all want to see is justice delivered. Bringing cases to trial more quickly, and then resolving them swiftly is absolutely essential for victims and for witnesses.