Too many criminals getting cautions, says Hull MP Karl Turner
Too many criminals are getting off with a caution, Hull East MP Karl Turner has claimed.
Mr Turner, who is a practising criminal solicitor, believes fewer crimes are being prosecuted because of a lack of resources and a need to keep down prison numbers.
He is concerned that instead of bringing offenders before the court, police are cautioning them or deciding to take no further action.
Mr Turner said: "I have been given a number of examples that support this assertion, including one case of sexual assault, dwelling burglaries and violent assaults.
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"I am concerned this is due to much-reduced resources for both the Crown Prosecution Service and the police.
"This has serious implications for victims of crime and I have asked the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz to conduct an inquiry into this issue."