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CPS statement: PC Fletcher and PC Crabtree

06/07/2012

No further action in case against officers

Damion Lloyd, Senior Crown Prosecutor from CPS Mersey-Cheshire, said: "A file of evidence was presented to us from Greater Manchester Police following a traffic collision in Trafford Park, Manchester, involving two serving police officers.

"I have reviewed all of the evidence in this case and have referred to Sec. 87 of the Road Traffic Act 1998 which relates to the use of vehicles for police purposes.

"The officers were conducting a road test of a high specification VW Golf under the accepted practices of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) at that time. These tests would reasonably include the requirement to drive a car at speeds which would be expected in the course of duty. Both officers were trained and experienced advanced drivers.

"Given the fact that the officers were conducting a road test for police purposes under accepted GMP conditions and that their driving did not fall below the reasonable standards expected of them, I have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction against PC Crabtree and that the public interest is not met by the prosecution of PC Fletcher. This is because he was the only victim, suffered very serious, life changing injuries and is the subject of an internal police investigation.  As a result neither officer will be charged with any offence."

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Notes to editors:

The Code for Crown Prosecutors is a public document, issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions that sets out the general principles Crown Prosecutors should follow when they make decisions on cases.

Is there enough evidence against the defendant?

When deciding whether there is enough evidence to charge, Crown Prosecutors must consider whether evidence can be used in court and is reliable. Crown Prosecutors must be satisfied there is enough evidence to provide a "realistic prospect of conviction" against each defendant.

Is it in the public interest for the CPS to bring the case to court?

A prosecution will usually take place unless the prosecutor is sure that the public interest factors tending against prosecution outweigh those tending in favour.

http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/code_for_crown_prosecutors/introduction.html

Some common public interest factors tending against prosecution. A prosecution is less likely to be required if:

  • the court is likely to impose a nominal penalty;
  • the seriousness and the consequences of the offending can be appropriately dealt with by an out-of-court disposal which the suspect accepts and with which he or she complies ;
  • the suspect has been subject to any appropriate regulatory proceedings, or any punitive or relevant civil penalty which remains in place or which has been satisfactorily discharged, which adequately addresses the seriousness of the offending and any breach of trust involved;
  • the offence was committed as a result of a genuine mistake or misunderstanding;
    the loss or harm can be described as minor and was the result of a single incident, particularly if it was caused by a misjudgment;
  • a prosecution is likely to have an adverse effect on the victim's physical or mental health, always bearing in mind the seriousness of the offence and the views of the victim about the effect of a prosecution on his or her physical or mental health.


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