Crooks most likely to go back to crime

CRIMINALS from the Scarborough area are the most likely to reoffend in all of Yorkshire, new figures reveal.

Data published by the Government has shown that 31 per cent of offenders from the borough of Scarborough go on to commit further crimes after they are sentenced.

It compares with a national average of 25 per cent over a one-year period.

Responding to the figures, Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill said: “I’m not surprised by the numbers because there seems to be a hardcore of trouble makers in Scarborough who live in houses of multiple occupancy and you see drinking at 10 in the morning.

“We do seem to have more of them than in places like Pickering and Helmsley because of the type of accommodation we have here.

“Some people will get caught out and that is the shock they need, but others get caught in a constant downward spiral of offending.”

In Leeds, 29 per cent of criminals go on to reoffend while in York 26 per cent of criminals committed further crimes.

In Richmondshire 20 per cent of criminals commit further offences

Mr Goodwill added: “It would be interesting to get behind the raw statistics. This could be the result of effective policing in Scarborough and show that these people are being caught.”

The figures also reveal how offenders are dealt with by individual courts.

At Scarborough Magistrates’ Court, just over 3,000 people were sentenced last year.

Five per cent of offenders were handed immediate custodial sentences, 24 per cent were given community orders and 56 per cent were fined.

At Harrogate Magistrates’ Court, two-and-a-half per cent of offenders were jailed while eight-and-a-half per cent of criminals brought before York magistrates were sent to prison immediately.

At York Crown Court, which deals with most Scarborough cases which are too serious for the magistrates’ court, offenders were more likely to avoid a prison sentence than at any other crown court in the region.