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Op Yewtree: CPS advises no further action against two suspects

22/08/2013

A CPS spokesperson said: "The CPS has carefully considered the evidence gathered as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to a man aged 59 arrested in West London on 2 January 2013 and a man aged 53 arrested in Hampshire on 2 January 2013 in relation to possible offences of a sexual nature. The CPS received a full file of evidence in relation to both men on 2 August 2013.

"This file of evidence included ten separate allegations. One complaint related to an allegation of an incident involving both men, and the other nine related to the 59-year-old alone. All the complaints have been reviewed in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and the CPS legal guidance on rape and sexual offences. We have determined that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction in relation to all complaints and have advised the Metropolitan Police Service that no further action should be taken.

"All those involved have been informed of the decisions, and, as is normal, should any of the complainants request a meeting to discuss these decisions we would be happy to meet with them."

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