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Nigel Evans contemplated suicide 'in darkest moments'

Nigel Evans has said he contemplated suicide when he stood accused of sexual assault.

The Tory MP, who was cleared of all charges last week, told Daybreak the experience was "traumatic beyond belief".

Nigel Evans talking to Daybreak about his 'traumatic' experience defending himself against charges of sexual assault Credit: ITV / Daybreak

Asked whether he had considered ending his own life, the Ribble Valley MP said: "In my darkest moments, yes, when you're a politician, you don't want to be accused of even going through the five items or less with six items in your basket.

"To be accused of what you are accused of is just traumatic beyond belief.

"It was only because of the friends that I had who actually came running towards me rather than the other way, people who came up and made sure I was alright, made sure that I was taken out for dinners, who would give me support and had hope in me and it was their faith in me that got me through."

Nigel Evans: 'Stop witch hunts'

Former Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans speaks outside court Credit: PA

Former Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans has demanded that the Crown Prosecution Service be forced to pay his £130,000 legal bill after he was cleared of rape and sexual assault charges, the Mail on Sunday has reported.

He has also called for a review of anonymity guidelines that that allowed his seven male accusers to keep their identities secret.

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CPS: Britons travelling to Syria will be prosecuted

Sue Hemming warned Britons against travelling to Syria to fight in the conflict. Credit: CPS

The head of counter-terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service has warned Britons that they could face jail if they travel to Syria.

"The message for people who are considering going out there and getting involved in terrorist training or getting involved in the conflict is that they will be potentially breaking the law in this country," Sue Hemming told the Evening Standard.

Whether the the potential fighter was for or against the Assad regime did not matter: “Potentially it’s an offence to go out and get involved in a conflict, however loathsome you think the people on the other side are," she said.

The report said Ms Hemming insisted it is not a crime to travel to Syria if the trip is for humanitarian efforts.

Police chief charged over shooting of unarmed man

Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Sir Peter Fahy will be charged over an alleged health and safety breach linked to the shooting of unarmed Anthony Grainger in March 2012, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Anthony Grainger, 36, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest in 2012. Credit: IPCC

Rigby 'victim of one of the most savage offences ever'

Lee Rigby was the victim of one of the most savage offences ever prosecuted, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Sue Hemming, Head of Special Crime and Counter Terrorism at the CPS, said: “The murder of Fusilier Rigby was brutal and its perpetrators carried out one of the most savage offences ever prosecuted by our counter terrorism lawyers.

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale have been found guilty of the murder of Lee Rigby. Credit: ITV News/Priscilla Coleman

“As a soldier, this young father had dedicated his life to keeping people safe, including from the threat of terrorism. That dedication to his country cost him his life and was in stark contrast to the appalling conduct and extremist views of the men who murdered him.

“We recognise that this trial has been exceptionally difficult for Lee Rigby’s family but I hope they can take some limited comfort from the justice achieved today and the fact that both defendants now face a very long stay in prison.”

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Prosecutor ban 'sends clear message' on language

Jo, a sexual abuse victim whose change.org petition sparked the public outcry and CPS investigation into the Robert Colover prosecution remarks, said:

It's good news that [Robert] Colover won't be asked to undertake these kinds of prosecutions any longer.

It sends a clear message that these kind of comments are completely inappropriate.

The CPS must implement mandatory specialist training in all sexual offences cases to ensure a culture shift in the legal profession; this will ensure that it protects vulnerable witnesses.

DPP 'satisfied' no further action taken against Colover

A CPS spokesman said:

Counsel in the case agreed that he should not have used the expression that he did and deeply regretted his choice of words.

It was agreed that he would resign from the CPS Rape Panel of advocates and will no longer undertake prosecutions involving serious sexual offences or child sexual abuse.

He will remain on our general advocate panel and will still be instructed in other criminal cases. The DPP is satisfied that no further action needs be taken in relation to this case.

Benefit cheats to face increased jail terms

Keir Starmer QC wants lawyers to consider the cost to the taxpayer of benefits fraud. Credit: PA

Benefit cheats will face increased jail terms of up to 10 years in a crackdown on those who "flout the system", Britain's most senior prosecutor has said.

Keir Starmer QC warned it was time for a "tough stance" against the perpetrators of benefit and tax credit fraud as he set out new guidelines for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The Director of Public Prosecutions said the £1.9 billion annual cost of the crime to the taxpayer should be at the "forefront of lawyers' minds" when considering whether a prosecution was in the public interest.

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