Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to reports that police cautions are being wrongly used for violent crimes, said:
"Theresa May needs to answer urgently whether police cuts mean more criminals are being let off. Cautions should not be used for very serious offences, so these figures showing one in four violent offenders and one in five sex offenders getting off with a caution look very worrying. So too is the information that the majority of police forces are solving fewer crimes under this Government, including 7,000 fewer violent crimes than last year.
"We know that Government cuts of 15,000 officers are putting police forces under serious pressure. Is that why they are solving fewer crimes, and fewer criminals are being brought to justice? The Home Secretary should ask HMIC to do an urgent investigation into why fewer criminals are being caught and why so many cautions are being used for serious crimes.
"Theresa May needs to realise her policies are making it harder, not easier for the police to fight crime and catch criminals."