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Suspects released on bail commit one in seven murders, it has been revealed.

Last year 56 murders were carried out by those freed on bail for other crimes – a 37 per cent rise on 2011, while a further 16 were guilty of manslaughter.

Other serious crimes by people on bail included 684 violent assaults, the Daily Mail reported, after the paper obtained figures from the Ministry of Justice.

‘Reoffending has been too high for too long and we are introducing significant reforms to the way offenders are rehabilitated and managed in the community,’ said justice minister Jeremy Wright.

‘From 2015 all prisoners will for the first time receive a minimum 12 months supervision on release and high-tech GPS satellite tags will also allow us to keep a much closer eye on them.’

People on bail also carried out 111 rapes last year, in addition to 166 sex offences against children and 6,372 burglaries.

They were responsible for 60,129 crimes in total for 2012.

Five men who were convicted of murder and eventually released on licence to live among the community with supervision, also killed again in the last four years.

While murder rates amongst suspects on bail has raised dramatically, other crimes, such as violent assaults and child sex abuse has fallen.

‘Under this government fewer people are committing crimes on bail,’ a Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said.

‘Dangerous offenders should always be remanded into custody while awaiting trial. That’s why the government changed the law, to allow prosecutors to challenge decisions where a potentially dangerous prisoner could be bailed.

‘The overwhelming majority of people bailed do not reoffend and they are often given strict conditions such as tags and curfews.’

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