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Monday, 18 July 2011

Bailed suspects are responsible for a massive crimewave, committing one offence every four minutes.


Last year a shocking 142,537 crimes were carried out by suspects already on bail for a separate offence, official figures reveal.

Despite the fact that the overall number of crimes has been falling over the past two years, the proportion committed by people already on bail has risen to almost 11 per cent, according to the Ministry of Justice figures.

This means that one in every nine crimes detected by police is committed by offenders who have already been caught and released for other crimes.

The types of crimes committed by these ‘bail bandits’ range from minor offences to the most serious – including rape and murder.

The Ministry of Justice admits the true level of bail crime may be even higher, because police forces are not consistent in the way they record the figures.

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