The UK’s biggest police force gave out 29,000 cautions for offences last year, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Guardian report: 

Nearly 29,000 cautions were handed to criminals by the Metropolitan police in the year to March for offences including robbery, drug-trafficking and rape.

According to figures obtained through a freedom of information request by a Conservative London assembly member, Tony Arbour, the UK’s biggest police force issued 28,998 cautions in the period, a quarter of all solved crimes in the capital.

Of these, 5,843 were given out for violent attacks, 165 for sexual offences and five for rape, while 180 offenders were cautioned for grievous bodily harm or wounding, 131 for robbery and 318 for drug-trafficking.

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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 time ever since.