Boris Johnson refuses public inquiry into Everard case

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has deferred calls for a public inquiry into the policing of violence against women in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard.

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Mr Johnson said he would “stop at nothing” to increase the rate of successful prosecutions for rape.

But he refused to promise to restore the 25 percent cut from the Justice Ministry budget under Conservative-led governments.


Instead, he blamed the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the police for failing to work together adequately in preparing cases for the court.

Speaking on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show On the opening day of the Conservative Party convention in Manchester, Mr Johnson said women should have confidence they can trust the police, despite the rape and murder of Ms Everard by off-duty officer Wayne Couzens, who took her warrant card. used. by false arrest

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He agreed that, if the women were “suspicious” about police behavior, they should follow the Metropolitan Police’s advice and run away or drop the bus.

But he added: “I want women to trust the police. They are highly trustworthy.”


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