Fewer sus­pects charged by force

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CRIM­I­NALS in Sur­rey are in­creas­ingly un­likely to face pros­e­cu­tion for their crimes, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures ob­tained by the Sur­rey Ad­ver­tiser.

Sta­tis­tics is­sued by Sur­rey Po­lice un­der the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act show only 8.2% of crimes com­mit­ted in the county dur­ing 2016/17 re­sulted in some­one be­ing charged – down from 10.1% the pre­vi­ous year.

Even se­ri­ous of­fences do not of­ten re­sult in a charge be­ing made.

Only 10% of vi­o­lent crimes, 5.7% of thefts and 4.9% of bur­glar­ies re­ported to Sur­rey Po­lice in 2016/17 saw charges brought, all lower rates than the pre­vi­ous year.

Po­lice per­formed bet­ter when in­ves­ti­gat­ing sex­ual of­fences, with 17.3% of cases re­sult­ing in a charge, up from 14.2% in 2015/16.

The per­for­mance of Sur­rey’s force in bring­ing charges is also be­low the na­tional av­er­age. In Eng­land and Wales, 11.2% of all of­fences re­sulted in some­one be­ing charged, down from 13.8% in 2015/16.

For­mal charges are not the only way of deal­ing with an of­fence, with other out­comes such as a for­mal cau­tion or a penalty no­tice, but se­ri­ous crimes such as sex­ual of­fences or vi­o­lence are not gen­er­ally dealt with this way.

Ar­eas where of­fences are par­tic­u­larly un­likely to end in a charge in­clude Mil­ford – with only 2.1% of re­ported of­fences in 2016/17 – as well as Bram­ley, Mytch­ett, Deep­cut and the north of Ep­som and Ewell.

Ad­di­tion­ally, there were seven ar­eas where no charges were brought for bur­glary be­tween April 2015 and March 2017, and seven ar­eas where no charges were brought for sex­ual of­fences in the same pe­riod, de­spite these be­ing re­ported to the po­lice in those ar­eas.

Ar­eas where all sex­ual of­fences in the two-year pe­riod went un­solved were north Ad­dle­stone and Bour­ne­side; Chip­stead; Ep­som and Ewell North; South Leather­head; Vir­ginia Wa­ter; the A3 cor­ri­dor in­clud­ing Send, Ri­p­ley and Wis­ley; and the Sur­rey Hills area in­clud­ing the vil­lages of Thurs­ley and El­stead

Po­lice also failed to bring charges for bur­glar­ies com­mit­ted in and around Ad­dle­stone town; Bram­ley; Dunsfold; Farn­combe; Shep­per­ton and Lale­ham; South Wal­ton and Am­ble­side; and the area to the west of Dork­ing in­clud­ing Beare Green, Capel and Cold­har­bour.

Dur­ing these two years 551 bur­glar­ies were re­ported in the ar­eas.

Sur­rey Po­lice was con­tacted for a com­ment but did not re­spond.

Pic­tures: Lau­ren God­save

Lau­ren God­save is re­united with her bike af­ter it was re­cov­ered by friend Phil Gun­ney On top of the world: Lau­ren God­save, pic­tured hold­ing her favourite bike aloft, was de­lighted when it was re­cov­ered by her friend in Knaphill af­ter be­ing stolen

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