Sarah Everard: Boris Johnson vows to 'stop at nothing' to put more rapists behind bars

BORIS Johnson has vowed to "stop at nothing" to put more rapists behind bars following the tragic murder of Sarah Everard.

The Prime Minister admitted that sexual assault and rape convictions are taking too long – and women feel their complaints aren't being taken seriously in the justice system.

But Boris has now said that the Government will "stop at nothing" to lock up more rapists – because not enough of them are being convicted.

This follows the tragic rape and murder of Sarah Everard – who was snatched off the streets of London by twisted policeman Wayne Couzens.

The sick cop was served a full life sentence in the Old Bailey earlier this week for his heinous crimes – after he fake arrested the 33-year-old before raping and strangling her with his police belt.

Speaking to BBC's Andrew Marr this morning, Boris Johnson said: "Rape prosecutions are taking too long we are not convicting enough rapists. People feel it.

"Too many women feel that their complaints aren't being taken seriously. We do need to look systemically at the whole handling of rape.

"This government is taking what happened incredibly seriously.

"I want you to know that we will stop at nothing to get more rapists behind bars and that we have more successful prosecutions for rape and sexual violence.

"Because that is where I think it's going wrong.

"I totally believe in this agenda, and we will do everything we can to sort it out."

The PM previously said the public were right to feel the cops have been failing women and girls who have faced violence and sexual abuse.

Although Mr Johnson said there are many "wonderful police officers in this country," he admitted there was an issue with the way cops treat women.

He said earlier this week: "What is unquestionably going up is the number of complaints by women that are not being taken seriously.

"What is unquestionably going down is the number of successful prosecutions for rape.

"The public know that. They can feel it. They know there's something going wrong in the system."

Dame Cressida Dick's job is now hanging by a thread as the Met Police commissioner faces a frenzy of calls to resign after "shattering" the public's trust in the force.

RAPE PLEDGE

On Thursday, she said "I'm so sorry" to Sarah's family and said Couzens "has brought shame" on the whole of Scotland Yard.

Mr Johnson said he has spoken to Dick, 60, in recent days about how to boost the prosecutions for rape and secure more convictions.

He said: "But there's another problem, which is partly caused by the failure of the criminal justice system to dispose of these [cases].

"Are the police taking this issue seriously enough? It's infuriating. I think the public feel that they aren't and they're not wrong."

He added: "Do I fundamentally believe the police are on our side? Yes, absolutely they are. Can you trust the police? Yes you can.

"But there is an issue about how we handle sexual violence, domestic violence, the sensitivity, the diligence, the time, the delay, the confusion about your mobile phone. That's the thing we need to fix."

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