Cau­tions back on the rise for Val­ley crim­i­nals

Rise for in­dictable and sum­mary of­fences

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­

NEARLY a quar­ter of of­fend­ers in Thames Val­ley were given a cau­tion in a year, as num­bers drop across Eng­land and Wales.

The cau­tion­ing rate for in­dictable of­fences, those dealt with by crown courts, has risen in Thames Val­ley, up from 26.7 per cent in the year to June 2013 to 27.6 per cent in 2014, although it is down from 33.3 per cent in 2011.

For sum­mary of­fences, there has been an in­crease from 25.1 per cent in the year up to June 2014, from 23.9 in 2013 though again this was lower than the 30.5 per cent in 2011.

The cau­tion­ing rate across Eng­land and Wales was 16.5 per cent for sum­mary of­fences

Crim­i­nals should never get away with

lit­tle more than a slap on the wrist, no mat­ter how

mi­nor their crime”

and 23.5 per cent for in­dictable of­fences in the year to June 2014.

Both of th­ese rates have dropped in re­cent years, down from nearly a third of in­dictable of­fences in 2011.

Across Eng­land and Wales, the use of cau­tions has dropped by more than a third from 260,513 in the 12 months to June 2010, to 169,094 in the 12 months to June 2014.

This in­cluded a drop of 11 per cent from the year end­ing June 2013, when there were 190,051 is­sued.

At the same time, the av­er­age prison sen­tence handed down has in­creased to 15.6 months in the year to June 2014, up from 15 months in the pre­vi­ous year and from 13.8 months in year end­ing June 2010.

The gov­ern­ment has taken steps to toughen sen­tenc­ing, in­clud­ing by in­tro­duc­ing an ex­tended de­ter­mi­nate sen­tence (EDS) and the ‘two strikes’ manda­tory life sen­tence for com­mit­ting a sec­ond se­ri­ous vi­o­lent or sex­ual of­fence.

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Chris Grayling said: “Crim­i­nals should never get away with lit­tle more than a slap on the wrist, no mat­ter how mi­nor their crime.

“Ev­ery crime should have a con­se­quence and the pub­lic ex­pect of­fend­ers to be pun­ished ac­cord­ingly, in­stead of walk­ing away scot-free.”

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