We need to see public concerns about anti-social behaviour reflected in court – and I’ve told those in charge of our courts the public expect to see action taken.
Solicitor General Robert Buckland wrote to me after I raised the drop in prosecutions during a Commons debate – and asked him how we ensure that public perceptions are reflected in prosecuting policy so that criminals go before our magistrates
In his letter, Mr Buckland states that there has been a “small fall in caseload volumes” in North Wales over the last two years, but insists that no policy to prosecute fewer cases has been introduced.
I know there has been a great deal of concern about criminal and anti-social behaviour in various parts of Wrexham recently. At the same time, I know from my discussions with local magistrates that they are seeing fewer cases brought before the courts – a view that the Solicitor General’s letter confirms.
I think people in places such as Rhosddu, Offa and Caia would want to see prosecutions when they have suffered criminal behaviour and I hope that the police, CPS and other groups’ work sees a greater number of cases brought before the courts.