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Operation Yewtree: No further action to be taken in respect of two men

10/10/2014

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that no further action should be taken against two men investigated by the Metropolitan Police Service as part of Operation Yewtree. The men, aged 65 and 75, were arrested on 29 October 2013 over allegations of sexual offences said to have taken place over a two year period in the early 1980s.

Baljit Ubhey, the Chief Crown Prosecutor of CPS London, said: "Having carefully reviewed this case, we have decided that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute in relation to allegations of sexual offences made by two males believed to be aged between 14 and 15 at the time of the alleged offending.

"Each allegation was considered on its own merits and we have concluded that the available evidence does not offer a realistic prospect of conviction for any of the alleged offences.

"These decisions have been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and our guidance for prosecutors on cases of sexual offences. Any decision by the CPS does not imply any finding concerning guilt or criminal conduct; the CPS makes decisions only according to the test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors and it is applied in all decisions on whether or not to prosecute.

"The complainants have been informed and we will be writing to them to more fully explain our decision and offer a meeting should they wish to discuss the matter in more detail."

The CPS received initial material from the Metropolitan Police Service regarding these allegations in February 2014. Investigative advice was provided to the police throughout 2014 and the final evidence was submitted to the CPS in September 2014.

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Notes to Editors

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