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Security

Volume 978: debated on Tuesday 12 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the security statistics for the last quarter of 1979 are yet available.

Yes. I am also taking this opportunity to publish details of convictions obtained during the period July-December 1979.

Following is the information:

PART I

Statistics of Terrorists Activity

Yearly totals for 1971–78
Quarterly totals for the four quarters of 1979
Statistics for terrorist activity comprise the following:—
(i) Number of shooting incidents
(ii) Number of explosions
(iii) Number of bombs and devices neutralised
(iv) Weight of explosives in bombs and devices neutralised
(v) Number of malicious fires
(vi) Number of armed robberies and amount stolen
(vii) Number of deaths and injuries of RUC/RUC 'R' Army and civilians (including sectarian, interfactional and intra-factional assassinations)

PART II

Statistics of security Forces' Activity

Yearly totals for 1971–78
Quarterly totals for the four quarters of 1979
Statistics for security forces' activity comprise the following:—
(i) Number of houses searched
(ii) Number of weapons, pounds of explosives and rounds of ammunition found.
(iii) Number of people charged with serious security type offences: (murder attempted murder, explosives offences, firearms offences, armed robbery, and other offences relating to the security situation eg, arson, membership of illegal organisations etc)

Statistics on Security Part 1

Yearly Figures

1971197219731974 1975197619771978(3)
Shooting Incidents1,75610,6285,0183,2061,8031,9081,081755
Explosions1,0221,382978685399766366455
Bombs Neutralised493471542428236426169178
Weight of Explosives (in lbs) (1)
In explosions10,97247,46247,47246,43513,75317,5962,8395,343
Neutralised3,00119,97832,45027,09411,15916,25221,885,860·5
Armed Robberies4371,9311,2151,2311,201813591439
Amount Stolen £303,787790,687612,015572,951572,105545,497446,988231,250
Malicious Fires (2)587636248453432269
Deaths: Civilians (2)1153221711662162456950
Sectarian, interfactional and intra-factional assassinations shown in brackets)(122)(87)(95)(144)(121)(42)(14)
Deaths: Army/UDR48129663520293921
Deaths: RUC/RUC 'R'1117131511231410
Injuries: Civilians1,8383,8131,8121,6802,0442,1621,027548
Injuries: Army/UDR390578548483167264188135
Injuries: RUC/RUC 'R'315485291235263303183302

1979 Quarterly Figures

Jan-Mar 79

Apr-Jun 79

Jul-Sep 79

Oct-Dec 79

Shooting Incidents189171192176
Explosions901669868
Bombs Neutralised35403631
Weight of Explosives (in lbs) (1)
In explosions2,015·52,613·753,6173,384·5
Neutralised659·51,990596·751,284·25
Armed Robberies1328992124
Amount Stolen £64,445113,697246,222143,995
Malicious Fires (2)585314559
Deaths: Civilians (2)8101518
(Sectarian, interfactional and intra-factional assassinations shown in brackets)(2)(6)(10)(16)
Deaths: Army/UDR3132111
Deaths: RUC/RUC 'R'1022
Injuries: Civilians113133170192
Injuries: Army/UDR22346037
Injuries: RUC/RUC 'R'49374435
(1) Estimates weight only
(2) Consolidated figures not available for earlier years
(3) These figures have been revised since they were published

initially.

Statistics on Security Part II

Yearly Figures

19711972197319741975197619771978
House searched (2)17,26236,61774,55671,91430,09234,93920,72415,462
Finds: Firearms7171,2641,5951,260825837590400
Finds: Ammunitions (RDS)157,944183,410187,39914,20273,60470,30652,09143,512
Finds: Explosives (lbs)2,74841,48838,41826,12011,56521,7143,8092,108
ICOS Made7551231211000

1979 Quarterly Figures

Jan-Mar 79

Apr-Jun 79

Jul-Sep 79

Oct-Dec 79

Houses Searched (2)1,2851,4571,9701,740
Finds: Fireams95797453
Finds: Ammunitions (RDS)8,41913,19418,8975,770
Finds: Explosives (LBS)744·251,200·534·517
ICOS Made000

Persons charged with serious security type offences (1)

31 Jul-31 Dec 1972197319741975197619771978

Jan-Mar 1979

Apr-Jun 1979

Jut-Sep 1979

Oct-Dec 1979

Murder13717513812013160111699
Attempted Murder1685758812113579137910
Firearms Offences24263154446035330122549424343
Explosives Offences8623616110021514679916114
Theft Act11118623231418820315142395227
Other632052759727939224963366545
TOTAL5311,4141,3621,1971,2761,308843187156189138
(1) These figures are not available in consolidated form for earlier years.
(2) Includes occupied and unoccupied houses searched.

PERSONS CONVICTED AND SENTENCES IMPOSED AT BELFAST CROWN

COURT—JULY TO DECEMBER 1979

Notes on the Tables:

1. The offence classifications are based on those used by the Crown and Peace Office in their annual

return.

2. The tables relate to persons convicted at the Belfast Crown Court. This covers all scheduled offences

tried on indictment.

3. Some jury trials are included in cases where the Attorney General certified out of the scheduled mode of

trial, i.e. non-terrorist serious offences.

4. Where a person has been convicted of more than one offence only the most serious or that which

received the longest sentence is recorded in the statistics.

Imprisonment

Offence July to December 1979

Number convicted

Non custodial sentence

Borstal or training centre

Less than 5 years

5 years and less than 7 years

7 years and less than 10 years

10 years and less than 15 years

15 years and less than 20 years

20 years

Life

Murder2222
Attempted murder
Conspiracy to murder
Manslaughter81124
Wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm1214133
Causing explosion82114
Placing explosives
Possessing explosives with intent171216142
Causing grievous bodily harm321
Assault occasioning grievous bodily harm22
Possessing a firearm with intent1633163
Possessing a firearm
Carrying a firearm with intent532
Intimidation
Aggravated burglary

Imprisonment

Offence July to December 1979

Number convicted

Non custodial Sentence

Borstal or training centre

Less than 5 years

5 years and less than 7 years

7 years and less than 10 years

10 years and less than 15 years

15 years and less than 20 years

20 years and over

Life

Robbery851922201392
Hi-jacking16844
Arson191045
Malicious damage
Other explosive offences32
Petrol bomb offences22
Common law riot
Escape offences211
Assisting offenders321
Other major firearms offences472681021
Withholding information541
Possessing prohibited articles
Minor firearms offences
Membership of illegal organisations3428321
Unlawful collection of information5212
Illegal training11
Kidnapping and false imprisonment61221
Contributing to resources of a proscribed organisation
Soliciting support for a proscribed organisation
Possession of offensive weapons11
Total32211451562818247222