HUNDREDS of criminals including thieves, attackers and sexual offenders were spared court in North Yorkshire last year, sparking concerns from politicians and magistrates.
Figures obtained by The Press show 1,831 offences recorded by North Yorkshire Police in 2012 were dealt with through community resolution disposal orders, which prevent the offender having to attend court.
The orders aim to address victims’ wishes and suffering, but in some cases involve the offender being told simply to apologise.
Incidents included a sexual assault in a York bar, a robbery, possession of weapons and hundreds of thefts, drug offences and violent crimes.
Richard Monkhouse, deputy chairman of the Magistrates’ Association, said that nationwide, almost 100,000 indictable offences were dealt with outside court last year, some appropriately and some not.
He said he had heard of rape cases being processed outside court and said it was “inconceivable” some of the cases did not reach court.
Police said they followed national guidance
|Police said they followed national guidance|