Hundreds of attacks are to be treated as 'honour' crimes in a new drive by police to prosecute more offenders.

Prosecutors hope the drive will also ensure that victims receive more rapid protection that can save them from possible further violence or a forced marriage.

Under the new guidance it will be assumed that an honour crime has been committed in any case in which there is the slightest sign that such an offence has taken place - even if the victim has not reported it.

Elements of the strategy are designed to ensure that potentially vital evidence of honour-based persecution is not overlooked.

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