MORE than one in 10 St Helens criminals were caught reoffending within three months, according to the latest statistics.
Worrying figures released by the Ministry of Justice last week showed that 10.9 per cent of offenders in St Helens reoffended within the first three months - between October 2009 and last September.
The predicted rate of reoffending across the borough for that period had been set at just 9.5 per cent.
The latest statistic - taken from a 2,549-strong sample - marked a 14.4 per cent rise in reoffending across St Helens since 2007/08.
The St Helens reoffending rate was also higher than that of neighbouring Knowsley and Halton.
In Knowsley, 9.4 per cent of criminals swiftly reoffended during the same time period - a rise of 10.9 per cent compared to 2007/08.