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Police 'over-cautious' on alleged rapes

The Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer has warned that police may not be pursuing rape allegations as rigorously as they should because they fear some women may be making it up.

He gave the warning as the crown prosecution service published figures for England and Wales showing that on average two people a month are prosecuted for falsely accusing people of rape.

Speaking to the Today programme Mr Starmer told presenter Sarah Montague that "there is a concern that an over-cautious approach has been taken to the investigation and persecution of rape".

"We need to get this into perspective," he explained, and insisted that false allegations of rape "are serious, but they are rare".

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 13 March 2013.

  • 13 Mar 2013
  • From the section UK