Potential victims of serious fraud are waiting more than six months for cases to be concluded in Avon and Somerset, figures show.

The Law Society has said the complexity of fraud cases combined with backlogs across the legal system could be behind the long waits.

Figures from the Ministry of Justice show the median wait for 34 outstanding fraud cases in Avon and Somerset was 33 weeks.

Across England, the median waiting time for outstanding cases is 44 weeks – the longest of any major crime category.