Police are not investigating 850,000 crimes each year, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.
The Sunday Times report:
POLICE are failing to investigate about 850,000 crimes a year properly — including sexual assaults, burglaries, thefts and vandalism — because officers believe they are unlikely to be solved.
New figures reveal up to 90% of some types of offences are being “screened out” as unsuitable for detailed investigation in a move to save resources.
More than half the police forces in England and Wales who responded to freedom of information (FOI) requests said they operated a screening policy.