'No public interest' for Downview prison officer retrial

Prosecutors have decided not to seek a retrial in the case of a prison officer accused of carrying out sex acts with women inmates in a Surrey prison.

Simon Dykes, 45, of Dorking, denied four charges of misconduct in public office at Downview prison in Sutton.

The jury failed to reach a verdict and at the ensuing retrial in December the jury again failed to reach a verdict.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it was not in the public interest to have a further retrial.

Crown Advocate Simon Ringrose said: "The case was then adjourned to allow time for the prosecution to consider whether it would be appropriate to seek a retrial.

"I have carefully considered all the appropriate factors in this case and have concluded that it would not be in the public interest to seek a further retrial."

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