London: An astounding 4,600 serial criminals in Britain last year got away with just police cautions or warnings, prompting Indian-origin MP Priti Patel to call on law authorities to end the "nonsense".
According to statistics from the justice ministry, one-third of all offenders in Britain now have at least 15 previous convictions, but more of them get lenient punishments, The Sun reported.
One-third of all those who were fined - a total of 16,400 - were also hardcore offenders, compared to just one in six in 2002, the data showed.
Tory MP Patel called on Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, and said the "disturbing figures demonstrate soft justice doesn`t work".
"Offenders who commit crimes again and again get away with a slap on the wrist," she was quoted as saying.