2,331 criminal cases dropped over ill-health or age in 2014
More than 2,000 suspected criminals avoided prosecution in England and Wales last year because of their ill-health or age, figures have shown.
The Crown Prosecution Service said 1,892 cases were dropped at court due to the “significant ill-health, elderliness or youth” of a defendant.
Another 439 cases were abandoned before the suspect was charged.
The CPS said the number of cases dropped for these reasons accounted for 0.3% of all prosecutions in 2014.