prefer charges

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This penalty is deemed by many to be too severe which may explain the reluctance to prefer charges.
Because of the serious nature of the alleged offences, a decision was made in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service to prefer charges.
The HRA did not ban the jockeys because it believed they had a case to answer but because the Crown Prosecution Service, the only body with access to all the evidence, believed there was a case to answer, one with "enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction" - the test the CPS is required to apply when deciding whether to prefer charges.
We would prefer charges taken from income, not capital.