NEW figures show that around a dozen fraudsters within Cumbria went on to re-offend within one year. 

The statistics, from Ministry of Justice, show that 49 adults were released from prison, cautioned or handed a non-custodial conviction for fraud at court between July 2019 and June 2020 in Cumbria.

Of the 49, 10 committed at least one crime within the following year of their release or conviction. 

In comparison to the year previously, 20 out of 93 fraudsters reoffended.
When compared nationally across England and Wales, the re-offending rate for fraud stood at one in five.  

Looking at re-offending rates from crime as a whole, nationally, 25.8 per cent of people reoffended in the most recent annual period – down slightly from 27.4 per cent the year before.

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In Cumbria, 27.5 per cent of all offenders broke the law again within a year – down from 28.5 per cent the year before.

Between them, the 853 reoffenders racked up 3,162 new offences – an average of 3.7 each.

At 46.9 per cent, reoffending rates were highest for public order offences in the area.

A spokesperson from Cumbria Police spokesperson said: "Cumbria Police works closely with partner agencies to break the cycle of reoffending for all offence-types.”

A Government spokeswoman said: "Reducing reoffending is one of our top priorities which is why an extra £550 million will be invested over the next three years to rehabilitate offenders and protect the public.

"We’re also spending £400m to tackle economic crime and developing a new strategy to clampdown on the devastating impact fraud can have on victims," they said. 

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