Police cautions ‘to be scrapped’ in England and Wales

Police Officers On Dutysource: BBC News
published: 1 November 2014

The government is planning to scrap the use of police cautions – where those who commit minor offences are given a formal warning – in England and Wales.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said victims should not feel that criminals are “walking away scot-free”. Under the new system, offenders would repair any damage they have done or pay compensation for less serious crimes.

Those who commit more serious offences would face court if they fail to comply with conditions set out by police.

The system will be trialled for a year in the Staffordshire, West Yorkshire and Leicestershire police force areas, starting this November. If successful it will be introduced across England and Wales.

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