Calls for CPS investigation after court comments

More than 4,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the CPS to investigate the language used by Prosecutor Robert Colover, who described a 13-year-old victim of sexual abuse as "predatory".

The petition, which was started by a woman named Jo who describes herself as a "survivor of childhood sexual abuse", stated: "It's unacceptable that the Crown Prosecutor - the person who this young girl was relying on to help get her justice - used this kind of language in court.

Judge Nigel Peters also referred to the victim as 'predatory' and said she had 'egged on' her abuser.

"It's a sad fact that this kind of attitude is commonplace within society and the legal establishment. We need to make a stand and send a clear message: It's never the child's fault."