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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th June 2016.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Secretary of State for the Home Department 12:00 am, 13th June 2016

My hon. Friend raises a very important point that he has raised with me personally on a number of occasions, and the case to which he refers has brought it into sharp focus. The usual practice is that the police do not identify people before charge. However, we had a long debate on this issue about five years ago and there are cases where the identification of somebody can bring forward other victims and enhance the case against them, so this is not an easy area in which to operate.