30,000 criminals 'let off' by police with a caution

Conservatives at City Hall claim to have uncovered the statistics in a Freedom of Information request.

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Police caution 'serious matter' and not taken lightly

The Metropolitan Police Service said it followed guidelines from the Association of Chief Police Officers.

A caution is a serious matter; they are not taken lightly and we are conscious of the consequences that this judicial disposal can have on a person's future. It should also be recognised that they are used predominately to deal with first time offenders and as an alternative to court appearance where guilt is admitted.'

– Association of Chief Police Officers

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30,000 criminals 'let off' by police with a caution

Police chiefs in London have been criticised after new figures revealed 30,000 criminals were 'let off' with a caution. Conservatives at City Hall claim to have uncovered the statistics in a Freedom of Information request.

The figures come from a Freedom of Information request Credit: PA

The Met handed out cautions to 29,560 suspects in 2013/14 including drug traffickers, violent thugs and burglars.

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