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Thursday, 30 January 2014

U-Turn by CPS in the case of stealing food from supermarket waste bins.

'Iceland Three' Will Not Face Charges For Taking Food From Supermarket Bins

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Iceland Foods

Yesterday, the Crown Prosecution Service said that the prosecution would continue as there was "significant public interest in prosecuting these three individuals".
Clearly the "significant public interest" lasted less than 24 hours, which probably results from "the public" criticism, outrage and ridicule of the stupidity of the CPS bringing these charges in the first place.
Someone at the CPS obviously spent a great deal of time rummaging through old legislation to find an obscure section of the 1824 Vagrancy Act under which to propose a prosecution. They would have been better employed reading "How to obtain common sense and how to apply it to your decision making".

Today Baljit Ubhey from the Crown Prosecution Service said: "This case has been reviewed by a senior lawyer and it has been decided that a prosecution is not required in the public interest. While the decision to charge was taken by the Metropolitan Police Service, a subsequent review of the case by the CPS did not give due weight to the public interest factors tending against prosecution. "In reconsidering this case, we have had particular regard to the seriousness of the alleged offence and the level of harm done. Both of these factors weigh against a prosecution".