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MP Pledges to fight for justice over CPS decision

Newbury Weekly News, UK, Report by Dan Cooper

Newbury MP Richard Benyon has vowed to “fight for justice” after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) refused to prosecute a carer who appeared to drag a frail dementia sufferer across the floor of her Newbury home. During the eight minutes of video footage, recorded in July 2013, confused pensioner Lotte Butcher can be heard repeatedly screaming as the carer grabs her wrists. The incident was captured on CCTV installed by the woman’s son Michael in order to keep a protective eye on his mother. The ordeal ceases when the manager of the sheltered housing complex in which the woman lives hears her cries and intervenes. The carer was later arrested and charged by police. The charge was later dropped by the CPS, who ruled that it was “not in the public interest” to prosecute. That decision means the carer has been cleared by the Disclosure and Barring Service and therefore permitted to work with children and vulnerable adults.