Saturday, 1 December 2012

Thousands of robbers and rapists let off with cautions

More than half a million criminals have been let off with warnings for serious offences including rape, burglary and arson.

Official figures revealing the full scale of the problem show more than 400 sex offenders who admitted rape or attempted rape over the past 15 years walked free after being given a caution by police.

Over the same period more than 90,000 burglaries, almost 8,000 serious assaults and 7,000 robberies were dealt with by cautions, along with more than 500,000 acts of vandalism and arson attacks.

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