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Cautioned rather than charged June 11, 2007

Posted by Winter in sexual violence.

Almost 8,000 sex offenders have been cautioned across England in the past five years, rather than being charged.

Offences involving children accounted for more than 1,600 of the cautions, while more than 230 were for rape.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) said a caution would be given only if it was the most appropriate course of action.

The government said there were very few cases where cautions were appropriate for rape or offences against children.

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