Reducing London's road crime (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
November 1, 2018
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Sian Berry AM:  Very quickly, if I can, I have received data from the Mayor in a Mayor’s Question [response], for the first time getting the number of prosecutions for hit-and-run road crime offences.  I have a year’s data there now to look at.  I have compared it with the hit-and-run injury incidents for a year and, effectively, this is less than a third of these incidents coming to reach prosecution.


I wanted to ask why this rate of prosecution is so low.  These are hit-and-runs where people are injured.  They are effectively violent crimes.  Why is that prosecution rate so low?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Reducing London's road crime (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Reducing London's road crime (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Cressida Dick CBE QPM (Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis):  I mentioned earlier our rates of bringing people to justice, which overall, we should improve and in other areas of violent crime, sadly, it is not as I would like.  We do concentrate of course on the most serious ones and we have been finding that for very serious collisions and - God forbid - where there has been a fatality, and somebody has made off, we have a higher detection rate and a higher rate of bringing people to justice.  We do pursue all those cases and they are investigated where there is a line of inquiry.  We do not ignore it, but we then have to not just identify who the offender might be but pin down who it actually was and find them and be able to prove the case.  There are quite a lot of steps in that, Sian, but I do believe - and I agree with you - that we should be achieving a higher rate than we currently are.


Sian Berry AM:  OK.  I am out of time.  Thank you.


Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  Thank you very much.  Thank you, Mr Mayor.  Thank you, Commissioner.  It has been hopefully a pleasure for you as it was for us.