Public Are 'Turning Blind Eye to Crime' New Research Reveals Going through the Courts Process Is Good Enough a Reason for Most People to Avoid Reporting Serious Crimes. BEN HURST Went out to Investigate

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Byline: Ben Hurst

MANY people are reluctant to report crimes to police - because they do not want to go through the courts process.

A survey has revealed that more than half of people would not call the police if they heard screaming from their neighbours and 70 per cent would not report a street brawl.

One in ten would not tell police about a murder, according to the Institute of Public Policy Research.

In Birmingham people revealed they, too, would have to weigh up whether to report a serious crime to the authorities.

Zoe Hudson, aged 21, a promotions worker, from Oldbury, said: 'If I saw someone being mugged or something like that, I would be more inclined to try and help them directly rather than waiting to report it.

'It is a bit of a worry - thinking you would have to appear in court.'

Simon Ward, aged 38, a barrister, from Northfield, said: 'In my experience, quite a lot of times people who do get into some kind of trouble and report it find that it takes such a long time to go through the process that by the end they feel it wasn't so bad after all.

'That is a real problem, and a lot of people are put off by something like that.'

Barbara White, aged 66, from Solihull, said: 'I saw someone breaking into a neighbour's house and reported it recently. …