The director of public prosecutions has insisted the Crown Prosecution Service is "raising its game" over prosecution against female genital mutilation.
Alison Saunders told The TImes the CPS is "stepping up" what they are doing, including looking at evidence secured by covert surveillance to avoid children having to testify in court.
The Crown Prosecution have dropped charges against the three men accused of stealing waste food from bins behind a branch of Iceland.
Questions were raised over the criminal action against north London squatters Paul May, Jason Chan and William James, after the frozen food firm said staff had not alerted police and that it had contacted prosecutors to ask why action was being taken.
Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: “This case has been reviewed by a senior lawyer and it has been decided that a prosecution is not required in the public interest.
"While the decision to charge was taken by the Metropolitan Police Service, a subsequent review of the case by the CPS did not give due weight to the public interest factors tending against prosecution," he said.
"In reconsidering this case, we have had particular regard to the seriousness of the alleged offence and the level of harm done. Both of these factors weigh against a prosecution," he added.
The three men were facing prosecution over claims they took tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese and Mr Kipling cakes from bins behind a branch of Iceland in Kentish Town.
Iceland said that the store is next to a police station and that officers had attended "on their own initiative".
Crown Prosecution Service finance manager Lisa Burrows and her partner Tahir Mahmood have both been jailed for six years at Birmingham Crown Court for a £1 million expenses fraud involving claims for fictitious taxi journeys.
Government figures show that only a fraction of the thousands of men and women who are victims of sexual crimes each year report what has happened to police.
Around 473,000 women and men are sexually assaulted each year, with one in 20 women reported as being a victim of a serious sexual offence.
But only 54,000 sexual offences are recorded by police on average each 12 months, which it has been claimed is partly because victims are reluctant to come forward.
The Crown Prosecution Service says the number of successful convictions of defendants charged with rape has continued to rise.
- 63.2% of cases where someone was charged with rape resulted in a conviction in 2012/13
- The figure is up from 62.5% the previous year
- The conviction rate for domestic violence was also up by 1% to 74% in 2012/13