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Ensure only the Police can bring criminal charges

Comment 7th July 2010

Far too many private and public bodies can bring criminal charges, from railway companies to local councils, Uncle Tom Cobbly and all. This leads to prosecutions for trivial matters and encourages a free-for-all in creating petty offences and the misuse of powers.

Judgement over prosecution should be left 100% to the police once they've evaluated a complaint, and perhaps our jails wouldn't be so overcrowded with people who've overfilled their bins or been prosecuted because it was an easy nick.

Why does this matter?

We must reduce the number of trivial offences taken to Court by companies and public bodies who have not been issued with warrant cards, as all police officers are. The sheer number of criminal offences has grown completely out of hand.

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