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Witness protection scheme launched in UK

The UK's first national witness protection scheme has been launched to overhaul the currently "inconsistent" approach to keeping vulnerable people safe, the Ministry of Justice has said.

It said more than one in four collapsed prosecutions last year were because witnesses refused to give evidence.

Victims' minister Helen Grant said witnesses whose lives were in danger needed "the best possible protection".

Matt Prodger reports.

  • 28 Dec 2012
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