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Crime Pays

by | 29th, September 2006

“OI, mate,” says the youth in the hoodie to the man on the ground. “What d’yer say yer pin number was?”

To one side of this modern street tableau, the police wait. They won’t go until they get their £100 cash.

The Home Office has drawn up a new set of ways to deal with miscreants. And, as the Times says on its front page, muggers will be punished by instant fines up to £100.

And it’s not just muggers who will waiting at the bank’s hole-in-the-wall machine. The paper says that the new proposals cover almost 30 offences. These include assault, threatening behaviour, assaulting police officers, drunkenness and being in possession of cannabis.

The fixed-penalty notices are nothing new. The police already posses the powers to issue tickets for such things as littering which in itself may exasperate the problem it seeks to solve as the miscreant tosses the official censure to the floor.
But those are low-level public order offences, as the Times’s leader points out. The intention is to now include some more major offences.

And the idea is that processing such things quickly will allow 250,000 cases to be removed from courts. This will enable the judiciary

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