Suspects Walk Free in More Than Half of Robbery Cases; Figures Show Where Muggers Have Best Chance of Escaping Law
Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM
FEWER than half of all robbery suspects tried in London are convicted, figures reveal today.
From some courts, nearly two thirds of defendants walk free.
The Home Office figures show that 4,047 alleged robbers were prosecuted last year but only 1,946 were found guilty.
The total number convicted is also only a tiny fraction of 42,481 robbery offences recorded by police last year.
The figures, released in response to a parliamentary question by Tory MP Anthony Steen, will intensify public concern about the level of robbery in London.
Mr Steen blamed the small proportion of convictions on short sentences, …
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Publication information: Article title: Suspects Walk Free in More Than Half of Robbery Cases; Figures Show Where Muggers Have Best Chance of Escaping Law. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Evening Standard (London, England). Publication date: December 12, 2006. Page number: 16. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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