Cautions back on the rise for Valley criminals
Rise for indictable and summary offences
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.”