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Politically fashionable policing is sidelining forced marriage and female genital mutilation
The seemingly never ending Yewtree investigation arouses two conflicting emotions.The first is revulsion at the thought of grown men forcing themselves on immature school-girls.The second is disquiet at what could be turning into a witch-hunt.
There is a feeling that it is about vengeance as much as justice, that it is morphing into punishing the monstrous Savile by proxy. It is nearly two years since the scandal broke, the police have made more than a dozen arrests, and yet they have only secured one conviction in all that time.
This was a guilty plea. It will be instructive to learn how the CPS will get a result in a defended case. It will be difficult to obtain corroborative evidence. There will be no forensics.
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