Suspected pedophiles, sex pests and violent attackers who are on the run are set to be let off the hook by “overworked” British Police who are unable to keep up with the number of crimes, according to a report in the Times.
London’s Metropolitan Police force is carrying out a cull of outstanding warrants across all departments, including its child sex abuse unit. The controversial announcement means the Met is giving up on apprehending suspected pedophiles if the offenders are proving difficult to locate.
According to the Times, there are about 7,000 outstanding warrants that fit into this category in London alone. Violent sexual crime in London, including pedophilia, has skyrocketed in the past twelve months.
The Metropolitan Police simply cannot keep up. The Met is now set to lift the threat of arrest for these violent offenders even if the offense was serious enough to be heard by magistrates or by a judge and jury.
Officers in the child abuse unit have been instructed to identify cases in which alleged pedophiles are believed to be abroad and cannot easily be located.
According to the Times, some officers are skeptical about the “clean-up exercise” and believe it is actually an effort to cut costs during a challenging time for the police in London. A source told the Times: “The warrant numbers are recorded so they want to reduce the numbers. This is a way of doing it that is palatable.”
Rapes are soaring in Britain’s multicultural capital under Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan — and police claim they have no idea what could be behind the increase.
7,613 rapes were recorded in Sadiq Khan’s London in the 12 months to the end of January 2018, compared with 6,392 over the previous year — a rise of almost 20 per cent, the Evening Standard reports.
Deputy Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police force Sir Craig Mackey has confessed that “there is something going on with sexual offending in London” — but claims to be none the wiser when asked at the London Assembly if he could explain what was behind the rise.
“No, is the honest answer. It’s not as simple as saying this is increased confidence. Of course, that plays a part but there is something going on with sexual offending in London that we don’t fully understand, the causes of it. We see the end of it, [but] we don’t understand the causes.”
The problem of rape in London is not expected to improve any time soon, with a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police saying the force expects numbers to continue rising for the next two to five years.
Is letting offenders off the hook the answer to the child abuse and rape crisis in Britain?
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