Police commissioner backs plans for victims to be able to challenge the Crown Prosecution Service

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A POLICE chief has welcomed plans to empower victims of crime.

Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has backed plans to give victims the right to challenge the Crown Prosecution Service when it decides to abandon a prosecution or not charge a suspect.

The new policy doesn’t include cases where the police have decided to take no further action.

Mr Hogg said: “If victims are given the confidence that they will have a voice when their case goes through the Criminal Justice System, this should help other victims to come forward to report a crime against them.

“I believe that this is a step in the right direction for victims of crime”.

Mr Hogg has also welcomed plans to clamp down on dangerous drivers. From July, motorists could be issued with £100 fines and three points for careless driving offences that would currently have to go to court.

Current fixed penalties for using a mobile phone while driving or not wearing a seatbelt will also rise by £40 to £100. Other fixed penalties could be issued for persistently driving in the middle lane on motorways.

Mr Hogg said: “I fully welcome these changes to improve road safety, particularly to deter those who still insist on using a mobile phone while driving.”