Nine in ten burglary prosecutions results in a conviction

All three north Northamptonshire MPs spoke in the police accountability debate
All three north Northamptonshire MPs spoke in the police accountability debate

There were more than 200 successful convictions for burglary in Northamptonshire in 2011-12, according to Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) figures.

The figures were given to Parliament by the Solicitor General Oliver Heald on Tuesday, February 12 in response to a question by Kettering MP Philip Hollobone.

Mr Heald said there were 227 convictions in that period, a conviction rate of 89 per cent.

Mr Hollobone said: “I congratulate the Crown Prosecution Service in Northamptonshire on prosecuting 227 burglars. Burglary is an horrific crime, and I strongly suspect that most of those 227 had previous convictions of one sort of another.”

All three north Northamptonshire MPs also responded in Parliament to an announcement by the Home Secretary Theresa May that the powers of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) would be extended, something she said she hoped would improve police accountability and transparency.

Corby and east Northants MP Andy Sawford praised Northamptonshire Police’s District Commander for Kettering and Corby, Chief Inspector Chris Hillery, for his engagement with social media, saying it was part of the everyday form of police engagement with the public.

The Home Secretary also pledged serious complaints against the police would be investigated by a different force to the subject of the complaint.

She was answering a question from Wellingborough and Rushden MP Peter Bone, who also said: “I have found in my constituency surgeries that the thing that annoys people when they have a serious complaint about the police is not actually the investigation, but the fact that it is conducted by the home force.”

Mr Hollobone, a serving special constable with the British Transport Police, added: “Some of the best, most common-sense policing in our country is done by ordinary community beat bobbies at police constable rank, by police sergeants and by police inspectors – people who are not seeking promotion but who love their job and have been doing that job for many years, perhaps decades.

“Although it is right that scrutiny of the police improves all the time, I do not feel that these individuals get the pat on the back that they should get often enough.”