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Fenland criminals rack up an average of three new offences after being released from prison

More than a quarter of convicted criminals in Fenland reoffend within a year, official statistics show.

Prison reform advocates warn that a revolving door of short sentences for repeat offenders has led to cramped jails and a multibillion-pound bill for taxpayers.

Ministry of Justice figures show 27 per cent of the 789 adults released from prison, cautioned or handed a non-custodial conviction at court between October 2016 and September 2017 in Fenland committed at least one further crime within 12 months.

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