Excrement post case thrown out by Colchester magistrates

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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has defended its decision to prosecute a man accused of sending excrement to the police after the case was thrown out.

The man, 45, had been charged with sending a grossly offensive article through the post to Essex Police.

But magistrates in Colchester dismissed the case during a trial saying there was a lack of evidence.

The CPS claimed although magistrates decided the man had no case to answer, proceedings were "properly brought".

The service said there was a fingerprint on the envelope sent to police belonging to the man, who lives in Essex.

But his defence said there was no other evidence that he was responsible or that he had sent the envelope containing excrement.

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