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Thousands of repeat offenders keep appearing in court

Thousands of criminals are coming before the courts with more than 10 previous convictions, figures have shown. Some 166,529 cases in England and Wales involved criminals who had been punished more than 10 times before.

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Thousands of repeat offenders keep appearing in court

Thousands of criminals with more than 10 previous convictions keep appearing in court, figures have shown.

File photo of a prison cell. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

In response to a freedom of information request, the Ministry of Justice figures showed that in the year to September 2013, 166,529 cases in England and Wales involved offenders who had been punished more than 10 times before.

That compares to 172,063 such cases in the previous year.

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