Northamptonshire police likely to have put vulnerable children at risk, watchdog finds

A police force has been downgrading crimes involving children, some as serious as domestic abuse, in order to ease demand on response teams, according to a watchdog report.

Cases at Northamptonshire police highlighted in the report included one in which officers visited the home of a woman five days after she had called to report being assaulted by her partner in front of her two-year-old daughter. The investigation was subsequently closed because of the lack of evidence to support a prosecution.

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