In the dock - 14/11/12

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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Eight in court over charges

Eight people have been prosecuted in Lancashire in the past 12 months over charges of soliciting for prostitution. The figures, for 2011, were revealed by the Home Office in answer to a Parliamentary question. The findings also show no-one was prosecuted for exploitation of prostitution. In total, 769 people across England and Wales were proseucted for soliciting, the figures reveal.

Offender chiefs up on targets

Probabtion chiefs in Lancashire are beating targets for the number of offenders in accommodation and in employment when their prison licences come to an end. Official Government findings show 89 per cent of offenders in the county are in accommodation at the end of their licence and 53 per cent are in employment. Both figures beat official targets.

Cash spent to maintain jail

More than half a million pounds was spent maintaining and repairing Preston prison last year. The Ministry of Justice said £511,534 was spent on the Ribbleton Lane jail between April last year and the end of March 2012. A further £297,807 was spent on Lancaster prison.