Video evidence saves victims from 'courtroom cauldron'

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said plans to pre-record testimony in criminal trials were designed to allow vulnerable victims to give evidence in "as easy and unchallenging a way as possible".

"The aim is to really take the victim out of the cauldron of the courtroom," he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

"I hope that it will give victims greater confidence to talk about what's happened to them."

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New abuse victim guidelines

New guidelines for prosecutors on how to tackle cases involving child sexual abuse will help protect the most vulnerable victims, the CPS has said. The move comes as part of a series of government measures to aid victims of crime.