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Violent crime punishment row

Police forces are dealing with up to 14% of violent crimes against the person through "community resolutions", as police cuts bites and the number of officers falls, Labour party research has found.

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Government defends crime punishments

Crime continues to fall - recorded crime is down by more than 10% under this Government and the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales shows crime is at its lowest level since records began.

It isthe responsibility of Chief Constables to ensure that community resolutions areused appropriately. Through crime maps and Police and Crime Commissioners, the public now have the means to hold them to account.

– Home Office spokesman

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