Monday, May 09, 2011

Criminal Suspects to Be Charged Through the Post

Some offenders who have been bailed by police will receive formal notices in the mail ordering them to court, to save officers having to call them back to the police station.

The move will target those charged with a range of offences including theft, criminal damage and shoplifting.

It is part of a broader move to hand police back the power to charge criminals.

The Crown Prosecution Service currently decides in all but the most minor offences whether to prosecute.

But the Home Secretary wants the balance shifting back to police with officers eventually deciding in eight out of ten offences.'


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