East Yorkshire rapists escape jail

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Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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Four rapists in East Yorkshire escaped with a caution last year instead of a prison sentence.

Figures from the Home Office show Humberside Police let off dozens of sexual offenders in the region with a mere slap on the wrists.

The force issued a total of 2,598 cautions between April 2013 and March 2014. Some of those who avoided prosecution were guilty of rape, sexual assault, cruelty to children and assault with intent to cause serious harm.

Two of the four rape offences were committed against girls under 13, one was against a boy under 13 and the other was a female over 16.

Government guidelines recommend that cautions should be given for ‘minor crimes’ such as writing graffiti on a bus shelter.

Humberside Police says issuing a caution for serious offences including rape is a decision that is not taken lightly. It claims each case is based on individual circumstances and serious thought is given to the outcome.

Copyright Press Association 2014

Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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