Stat of the day: £600m

The amount owed to the public purse by criminals, apparently. No, not in stolen loot, but in dodged fines, costs and compensation orders.

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Junior justice minister Jonathan Djanogly says that offenders are increasingly being tracked down by 'intelligence tracing tools', but that texts and phone calls are still the classic hounding methods. Classic, maybe. Effective, not really. The figure has ballooned from £597.4m in 2010 to £609.3m as of September last year.

Fancy that! A criminal refusing to do his civic duty!

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