A Bronze for Burglars: Thurrock courts come third in leniency leagues
Date posted: 09-09-2012
THURROCK burglars have an almost 50% chance of walking free from their local courts, according to figures released by the Ministry of Justice.
With Grays magistrates court closing last year, all cases go to Basildon magistrates or crown courts.
Based on the number of burglars given immediate jail sentences, 59.2 percent of burglars convicted at the courts in Basildon are sent to prison.
Only Newport and Portsmouth jail fewer convicted burglars.
At the other end of the spectrum, Dorchester convicts 90 percent, followed by Chichester at 88% and Northampton at 87%.
The figures were requested by Conservative MP, Philip Davies who has now asked new Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling to act on the figures.
Mr Davies told the Daily Mail: “This table reveals is a map showing burglars the best places to get caught if they want to avoid being sent down.”
It comes just days after Judge Peter Bowers, sitting at Teesside Crown Court, sparked outrage by praising a housebreaker for his ‘courage’.