RAPE CLAIMS: “OVERWHELMING BURDEN ON POLICE” SAY LABOUR
Responding to new HMIC (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary) data showing a rise in recorded incidents of rape in London, Labour’s London Assembly transport spokeswoman Joanne McCartney AM, said:
“Greater transparency is welcome in allowing us to improve how the police and CPS respond to incidents of rape.
“Whilst it’s reassuring that more victims of rape now have the confidence to report these crimes, it is deeply concerning that there is not a proportionate increase in perpetrators being charged and brought to court.
“Earlier this year, recommendations set out by Dame Elish Angionlini’s report to reduce the overwhelming burden on officers investigating rape and to boost joint-working between the police and prosecutors were accepted by both the Met and CPS.
“If we want to see an increase in prosecutions for rape then it’s absolutely crucial that these steps are finalised as soon as possible.
“It is vital that the Met is adequately resourced to better support survivors and charge more perpetrators. “This is essential if we want victims to have the courage to continue coming forward.
“With huge cuts on the horizon, the Mayor should be knocking on the Home Secretary’s door and demanding the necessary funding to ensure that the Met can cope with rapidly growing caseloads.”
Joanne McCartney AM is the London Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey. (Source: GLA Labour party press release).