Cumbria crime prosecutions down by 2,000 cases
Last updated at 08:36, Friday, 28 February 2014
THE number of criminal prosecutions in Cumbria has fallen by more than 2,000 in the past four years.
Figures revealed following a freedom of information request to the Crown Prosecution Service show the number of prosecutions in the county fell from 9,269 in 2010 to 7156 in 2013.
In 2011 the drop was by 105 to 9,164 and in 2012 there were a total of 8350 prosecutions, which fell to 7156 last year.
During that time the number of prosecutions that were dropped has also fallen from 899 in 2010 to 426 in 2013.
The number of cases dropped due to ill health has remained reasonably constant.
The CPS said there were 22 cases dropped for health reasons in 2010, 20 in 2011, and 15 cases dropped in both 2012 and 2013.
The fall in prosecutions comes as the CPS is looking to reduce its budget by £503m by the end of the next financial year.
The CPS is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.
John Dilworth, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: “Reductions in the CPS budget have had no impact on the total number of prosecutions in Cumbria. We review each case that is passed on to us by the police and we make decisions on whether to prosecute according to the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
“The code states that there must be sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest before a charge is authorised by a prosecutor.”
Meanwhile, the latest crime figures for Cumbria show there has been a slight increase in the number of offences recorded by police.
According to figures in 2013 Cumbria police said there were a total of 6,874 incidents across the county which was a year on year in 2013, up from 6,615 in 2012 and 6,428 in 2011.
Nationally the number of prosecutions for harassment and rape cases passed to the CPS has fallen, with harassment down by around nine per cent.
It is understood a change in focus for some offences is leading police to pursue out of court resolutions to help cut costs, both for the CPS and police.
First published at 08:34, Friday, 28 February 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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