February 11 2019
An unprecedented legal challenge is being brought against police for releasing hundreds of thousands of suspects without bail safeguards to protect their victims or the public.
The Times has learnt that suspected rapists, domestic abusers and other violent offenders are routinely being invited for interviews as “voluntary witnesses”, instead of being arrested and then released on bail.
Lawyers and charities have warned that dangerous offenders are being let loose without restrictions intended to stop them intimidating complainants and committing further crimes. Use of the practice has gone up as much as 30 per cent in some areas.
The Centre for Women’s Justice is preparing a supercomplaint against the police service, claiming that it is failing to use protective legal measures that keep victims safe.
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