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Theft offences guideline assessment published

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18 February 2019
Theft offences guideline assessment published

The Sentencing Council has published an overview of its findings into the impact of the Theft Offences guideline, under its statutory duty to monitor the operation and effect of its sentencing guidelines and to draw conclusions from this information.

The guideline covers the most common theft offences – general theft, theft from a shop or stall, handling stolen goods, going equipped for theft or burglary, abstracting electricity and making off without payment.

The analysis found that the effect of the Theft Offences guideline on sentence severity varied by offence. Overall, however, although sentencing severity exceeded the upper boundary of what would have been expected six months after the guideline took effect, this was by a very small amount.

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