Police have defended a rise in the number of sex offenders and violent criminals being cautioned, saying strict criteria is followed before a decision is made.

A Freedom of Information request revealed Redbridge police issued 787 cautions in the last financial year, compared to 754 in the previous 12 months.

A total of 32 people who admitted sexual offences were cautioned, compared to seven in the previous 12 months.

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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.