Wales

Gwent and south Wales CPS standards improving says watchdog

The way criminal cases are handled by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Gwent and south Wales has improved after changes to the organisation.

They were merged into a new Wales wide office after damming reports in 2009 and 2010.

The service's watchdog says the standard of work has improved to above average in the old Gwent area.

But Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate also found failings in a number of areas.

While work combating violence against women was praised, performance in the crown court has worsened, according to the report.

There has also been no progress in the old Gwent area when it comes to communicating with victims.

Overall most targets have been addressed in some way, but the CPS says it still has more to do.

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wales, Jim Brisbane, said: "The previous reports for south Wales and Gwent highlighted a number of issues that we really needed to tackle with some urgency.

"We took the recommendations of those reports on board and have worked hard to make sure we are now moving in the right direction."

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