Scores of UK sexual offence cases stopped over evidence failings

Review finds 47 cases in two months dropped because evidence not shared with defence

Prosecutors and police have found 47 cases where people were charged with rape or sexual attacks that have been stopped because of problems with evidence not being shared with the defence.

The review followed media revelations about disclosure, which is the duty of the prosecution to share potential evidence with the defence, even if it undermines their case.

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