Postcode prosecutions?

The Times casts doubt on the government’s drive towards tougher policing.

According to figures obtained by the newspaper under the Freedom of Information Act, up to half of all people aged 18 and above who are caught in possession of a knife receive a police caution instead of being prosecuted. This apparently flies in the face of government’s expectations that carry a knife (almost) automatically means prosectution.

However, there are big differences across the country. In London, for instance, the charge rate is 90% compared to about 50% in Bedfordshire. Why? Because sometimes, particularly in areas where knife crime is relatively rare, police believe that a caution is sufficient to stop the problem.

Full details in the report here.

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