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Met blitzes petty offences to meet targets

Met blitzes petty offences to meet targets
By Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor, Evening Standard
4 May 2005
The Metropolitan Police are today accused of launching a blitz on minor offences in a desperate bid to meet government targets for crime.

The force has been issuing huge numbers of on-the-spot fines and verbal warnings solely to hit Whitehall-imposed clearup rates.

A memo leaked to the Evening Standard reveals officers have been instructed to issue 1,000 warnings a month to cannabis users and 1,000 fixed penalties for low-level disorder.