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Cops dismiss 1 in 4 rapes

Issue No. 2430

Cops disregard rape victims

Cops disregard rape victims (Pic: Metropolitan Police)

One in four rapes goes unrecorded by police in England and Wales, an investigation into crime figures has suggested.

The report was published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

The probe estimated that police dismiss 800,000 criminal offences a year. 

Some 26 percent involve rapes.

The report published last week shows that even when cops do record crimes some are removed or cancelled from the system for no reason.

Some 200 cases of rape were declassified as crimes. 

And in 22 percent of these cases the victim wasn’t told the police had done so.

They were left under the impression that the cops were still investigating their case.

In one case officers didn’t record a rape because they presumed the woman had consented.

The report said there was a “culture” of “ingrained instincts bred of a past regime” in the police service.

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Tue 18 Nov 2014, 17:16 GMT
Issue No. 2430
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