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Crown Prosecution Service drops anti-lockdown charges against Piers Corbyn

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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said criminal charges against the brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in relation to an anti-mask protest in Sheffield have been dropped.

The CPS has confirmed it had “decided that the legal test for a prosecution was not met”.

Piers Corbyn, 73, was alleged to have arranged, facilitated and taken part in a gathering of more than 30 people in South Yorkshire on 5 September.

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He was also accused of failing to wear a face-covering in a public space.

The CPS said a review had been carried out in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

In a statement said the CPS had considered the evidence under legislation brought in following the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr Corbyn, of East Street, south-east London, had been due to appear before Sheffield magistrates this month.

However the charges have been dropped and he will no longer be expected in court, the CPS said there were “a number of exemptions to the Health Protection (Coronarvirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 which in this case would not be able to be disproved”.

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