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Community resolutions not for violent crimes says Khan

30 April 2013 Last updated at 13:31 BST

The "community resolutions" punishment was introduced under Labour for low-level crime and not intended for those committing violent crimes to avoid prison and the courts, the shadow justice secretary has said.

Sadiq Khan was speaking about Labour figures which show police dealt with more than 33,000 offences of violence against the person with a community resolution.

He said there had been a "huge increase for inappropriate offences" and it meant violent people were avoiding courts and prison, or even a caution, and it could mean victims may stop coming forward.

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