Number of crime suspects taken to court at lowest level since records began

Number of crime suspects taken to court at lowest level since records began

THE number of crime suspects being prosecuted is at the lowest level since records began. Shock figures released by the Ministry of Justice came af

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THE number of crime suspects being prosecuted is at the lowest level since records began.

Shock figures released by the Ministry of Justice came after cops recorded an eight per cent rise in crimes.

Central Criminal Court, known as the Old Bailey, in central London
The number of criminals being taken to courts is at its lowest level since records began
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On Thursday night Richard Atkins QC, chairman of Bar Council, said: “Criminals up and down the country will be rubbing their hands with glee knowing that even if their crimes are detected and they are caught, the chances of them being prosecuted or jailed are slim.

“And If crime is not detected, it cannot be recorded, investigated or prosecuted, so the official figures are just the tip of an iceberg.”

Chris Henley, chairman of the Criminal Bar Association, blamed cuts for creating “a broken criminal justice system.”

A total of 1.59million people were dealt with by the system last year, a fall of two per cent.

But the number charged with serious crimes — those dealt with at crown court — dropped by eight per cent.


The Crown Prosecution Service said fewer cases had been referred for charging decisions.

A spokesman explained: “We do not investigate crime, or choose which cases to consider. We review every case referred to us and if our test to bring a prosecution is met we will not hesitate.”

PM Boris Johnson has promised a £2.5billion crime crackdown — with 20,000 more police, 10,000 extra prison places and another £85million for prosecutors. The MoJ said: “We are doing more to restore public confidence in the justice system.”

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