Police officers have been issuing cautions in cases of serious violence despite guidance telling them not to, a series of Freedom of Information requests have revealed. 

BBC News report: 

More than 10,000 serious violent crimes were dealt with informally last year, despite guidelines to the contrary.

Police used “community resolutions”, which can include an apology or compensation to the victim, instead of prosecutions and cautions.

The Association of Chief Police Officers says resolutions should only be used for low-level crime.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare since ever since.