A worrying pattern of soft justice continues to emerge in Britain, with new analysis showing that the number of criminal charges has fallen despite the number of recorded crimes surging in England and Wales.
The BBC have found that in 2016 – 2017, 527,000 charges were brought forward. That’s down by 65,000 when compared to 2014 – 2015.
In that same period crime rose considerably, with recorded incidents rising by around 750,000.
There are some examples that are particularly concerning. For instance recorded crime relating to violence against the person has soared massively, but charges have decreased between the two periods.
In the words of West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins: “My officers and staff, I think do a fantastic job with the resource that we have, but I realise that we are letting some people down.
“Since 2010 we’ve had a 35% real-term cut and what that has meant in terms of officers and staff numbers is I have 1,400 fewer people.”
As Westmonster has repeatedly pointed out, cuts to police and soft sentences are leading to Britain to becoming a more violent, less safe society. This cannot be allowed to continue. You cannot do law and order on the cheap.