Now justice can be seen on computers

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VICTIMS of crime can now track the progress of police investigations at the touch of a button – from arrest all the way to sentence.

A national crime-mapping website has been logging reports of crimes on a street-by-street basis since January.

Now it is displaying the outcomes of investigations, too.

Police even plan to add the names and photographs of convicted criminals.

The move will, for example, allow a burglary victim in Wigan to find out what punishment the person who broke into their home has received. The outcomes being displayed on the site include whether an investigation is under way, whether an arrest has been made or a charge brought, whether a suspect has been taken to court and what sentence they received.

The move was welcomed by Greater Manchester Police.

Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley said: “We support any initiative that increases transparency in the criminal justice system.

“This new feature of the website will give residents in our communities access to not only information about the number of street-level crimes in their area but, just as importantly, what happens to those criminals who are responsible.

“We welcome giving our residents more information about what we are doing.”

The force said victims of crime shouldn’t expect information regarding outcomes to be posted immediately due to the ‘unpredictable length of time’ investigations can take.

Nick Herbert MP, minister for policing and criminal justice, said: “The public don’t just want to know what crime is being committed in their area, they want to know what is being done about it.

“The website is helping revolutionise the way the criminal justice system is held to account by giving this information at the touch of a button.

“It will help drive up performance and allow the public to make informed choices in the up coming elections for police and crime commissioners.”

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