The number of cases brought to court by the Crown Prosecution Service has dropped from 894,791 in 2011-12 to 494,811, according to figures released last week.
This staggering 45 per cent fall is not the result of a drop in reported crime, far from it. This figure represents as many as 400,000 crimes where victims have been let down by the justice system without their cases even coming to court.
The causes are easy to summarise. Substantial cuts to police budgets have led to a shift in priorities away from prosecution. Police struggle with digital evidence and detection rates across almost all offences remain pitifully low.