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Image caption Community resolutions represent about 3% of all crime outcomes. Violent criminals are being handed informal punishments by the police, despite guidance restricting their use to low-level offences. Offences including burglary, sexual assault, violence and arson have led police to issue community resolutions, which do not involve going to court. Critics said the orders were being used "contrary to their original purpose". The National Police Chiefs' Council said community resolutions should not be used in the most serious cases. About 112,000 offenders have been dealt with through community resolution orders each year since 2014, the BBC's Shared Data Unit found. The orders rep... Full story

17 June