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Bungled paperwork led to drop in rape detection rates, reveals top cop weeks after apology for Emma Caldwell case faults

A TOP cop has told how bungled paperwork led to a drop in rape detection rates.

Deputy Chief Constable Bex Smith’s revealed the problem just weeks after apologising for failings that let Emma Caldwell’s serial sex beast killer evade justice for 19 years.

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Deputy Chief Constable Bex Smith revealed the fall was due to flawed reports to prosecutors[/caption]

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Emma Caldwell was found dead in woods near Biggar, Lanarkshire in 2005[/caption]

Iain Packer was found guilty of Emma’s murder and assaults against other women last month
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She told the Scottish Police Authority the fall was due to officers in the national force’s G Division, covering Greater Glasgow, submitting flawed reports to prosecutors.

DCC Smith said: “Using performance data we were able to see there was an issue with rape detection rate in G Division, which was dropping quite substantially.

“Our work showed we were submitting reports to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service too early.”

The blunders in Scotland’s largest police division were reflected in latest national figures, which show the rape detection rate at 49.6 per cent — down by 3.4 per cent on the same period last year.

Females aged 16 and over accounted for 67.4 per cent of 1,807 victims from April to December 2023, while 81.5 per cent of attacks took place in “residential” settings.

We told how DCC Smith said Emma’s loved ones were “let down” by the initial botched probe into her murder.

Iain Packer, 51, was nailed last month for the 2005 killing plus the rape and abuse of 22 women.

He was caged for a minimum of 36 years.

Tory deputy justice spokeswoman Sharon Dowey said rape victims would be “deeply alarmed” at the revelations.

She said: “The drop in detection rates points to an overstretched police force hit by devastating SNP cuts.”

But a Scottish Government spokesman said: “G Division officers submitted reports prematurely to the COPFS.

“This was unrelated to funding.”

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