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Falsely accused man seeks redress
A man falsely accused of rape is seeking compensation and an apology from Wiltshire Police.

Cleveland Kennedy, 41, from Chippenham, was arrested and charged in March and remanded in custody for 11 weeks.

He was released from prison when his 12-year-old accuser dropped the allegations against him.

Police declined to comment, but said evidence was compiled and passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) which decides whether or not to prosecute.

The CPS initially declined to comment, but later said: "The CPS takes allegations of rape very seriously and on the face of it, there was sufficient evidence to charge.

No anonymity

"However, the CPS keeps cases under constant review and as soon as the situation changed, we reviewed the case and discontinued it at the earliest opportunity.

"As far as any claim for compensation is concerned, that is a matter between Mr Kennedy and the police."

Mr Kennedy said DNA evidence could have cleared him immediately.

"I took all these tests. As soon as they got the DNA, they should've come back in the first two weeks," he said.

"They put me in prison, they turned down bail two or three times."

Margaret Gardner, from the False Allegation Support Organisation, said men accused of rape should be allowed anonymity unless they are found guilty.

"Their anonymity is not kept, whereas the person's making the false allegation, is, " she said.

"People falsely accused are really upset because there's nothing to help them once it has been found there is no allegation to answer."


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