Thousands of criminals including sex offenders, arsonists and violent offenders have avoided conviction.
Sussex Police introduced community resolution in 2011 to deal with low-level crimes.
But The Argus can reveal that the policy has been used more than 11,000 times in the past three years and has even been used in a case of sexual assault against a child.
Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show it was used 1,200 times to deal with assaults resulting in an injury, and another 1,531 for assaults without injuries.
CONCERNS have been raised after the number of people visiting hospital for emergency dental treatment tripled in East Lancashire last year.
Staff at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) gave emergency dental treatment to 322 patients in 2013, which was up from 106 in 2012, according to figures obtained by the Lancashire Telegraph through Freedom of Information laws.
The increase mirrored a national trend which health campaigners said was down to a rise in the number of families struggling to afford regular check-ups on their teeth, with visits to the dentist becoming a ‘luxury’ for many.
FIGURES show since 2012 457 patients in Cumbria have waited for an ambulance for more than an hour.
A Freedom of Information request by the Evening Mail showed 69 of the calls were in Barrow, Ulverston or Millom – with 14 in the area classed as serious Red Two calls.
There were two life-threatening Red One calls in Cumbria which took more than an hour to attend.
Almost a quarter of a million pounds of public money has been paid out in compensation and legal costs for injuries children have suffered in the city’s primary and secondary schools over the past five years, new figures reveal.
Pay outs include £35,000 after a child broke a limb, and £21,058 given to a pupil who suffered a facial injury.
The figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that there been 188 personal injury claims made against schools in Leeds since September 2008.
Of these 39 have been successful resulting in compensation payments of £221,013 since September 2008. Figures show £35,000 was paid out after a pupil suffered a broken limb in 2009 and £21,058 was given to a pupil who suffered a facial injury in 2010.