Chaos over statistics means another delay

A “total shambles” over official figures means the Government cannot say how many offenders are escaping with soft penalties and cautions.

Two of the most important sets of criminal statistics have had to be postponed to next year because of “data quality” issues in processing them.

The annual sentencing figures and criminal justice statistics, both due out next month, had to be pulled because of computer problems surrounding summary offences, those dealt with in magistrate courts.

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