The Metropolitan police is to review how it conducts rape investigations following a sharp decline in the number of successful prosecutions, it emerged yesterday.

Sir Ian Blair, the Met's police commissioner, has ordered an urgent review of procedures in order to establish why clear-up rates in London vary widely between boroughs.
It will focus on what causes such differences to exist and is due to report within two months. Only one in five reported rapes in London results in a caution or a charge.

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