MP welcomes sex arrest law change plans

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans
Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed a report which proposed a ban on the identification of people arrested on suspicion of sexual offences in England and Wales.

Mr Evans said: “I strongly welcome the release of the report from Keith Vaz’s Home Affairs Select Committee proposing an equality of treatment until charges are brought forward. This proposal will only provide anonymity until charges are brought, therefore still allowing others to come forward once charges are brought, but will prevent people being hung out to dry.

“I do not believe it is right for people to be plastered all over every national newspaper in order to fish out other people.”

Commenting on another aspect of the report, Mr Evans added: “I also welcome the report’s proposal that bail should be initially limited to 28 days and will give investigations much more focus and will bring certainty to both parties much sooner.”