This document contains the following information: This report contains key statistics and commentary regarding criminal offences recorded by police forces in England and Wales during 2003, although data for recorded crime, clear-up rates and arrests relates to the year 2003-04.
Chapters cover: offenders cautioned or found guilty, court proceedings, use of police bail and court remand, offences brought to justice, procedures within the criminal justice system, coverage and recording practice.
Findings include that during 2003-04: there were 5.9 million offences recorded by the police, a rise of one per cent compared to the previous year; violent crime increased by 12 per cent on the previous year; and there were just under 1.4 million detected crimes, an increase of 0.5 per cent on the previous year.
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