A report recently published has suggested that as many as a fifth of all crimes within the UK could be going unrecorded by police.
The report, compiled by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, looked at half a dozen police forces within the UK and found that a number of crimes were being incorrectly recorded.
According to the report, as many as 14 rapes were incorrectly recorded by those police forces investigated, with one rape reportedly not being recorded due to “workload pressure”, as recording the offence would have involved too much paperwork.
Two of the forces investigated as part of the report were South Yorkshire and North Yorkshire police; and the report revealed that 66 reported crimes relating to robbery, violence and rape were recorded incorrectly as a “no crime” by South Yorkshire police, suggesting as many as 17 percent of crimes were recorded incorrectly by the force.
Data within the report suggested that North Yorkshire police did not fare any better, with as many as a third of crimes being incorrectly recorded by the force; although since the report was published the force has issued a statement claiming all issues raised have since been dealt with.
Whilst the report has suggested a high percentage of crimes are being incorrectly recorded by police forces throughout the UK, for those facing criminal proceedings, whether for assault and battery; robbery, theft and burglary, drug offences, anti-social behaviour or any other matter, the criminal law solicitors at Lester Morrill can assist.
Our criminal law team is headed up by Philip Goldberg who has higher rights of audience in the Crown Court and has represented clients in all areas of criminal law; whilst all of our criminal law team are experienced in a range of criminal law matters.
To find out how we can assist you in your case, contact our Yorkshire solicitors today.