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Criminal Statistics

Volume 19: debated on Tuesday 2 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were arrested for personal assault, burglary and vandalism during 1980 and 1981 in (a) the United Kingdom as a whole, (b) in the Metropolitan Police area, and (c) in each police district of the Metropolitan Police area; what information he has as to the number of persons of West Indian or African appearance arrested for such offences during the same period; and if he will express these numbers as a percentage of the total figures.

Persons Arrested* for Selected Offences by Ethnic Appearance
Metropolitan Police District, 1980Number of Persons
All personsBlack skinned persons (including West Indian/African)Black skinned persons as a percentage of all persons
DistrictAssaultBurg-laryCriminal damageAssaultBurg-laryCriminal damageAssaultBurg-laryCriminal damage
A—(Part) Westminster1481222122011111495
B—Kensington and Chelsea316378347606638191711
C—(Part) Westminster29721832341312414147
D—(Part) Westminster26640225051682219179
E—Camden37145650653673414157
F—Hammersmith346381348675745191513
G—Hackney35873334713529193384027
H—Tower Hamlets306400330444837141211
I—Heathrow, etc.175133169564352
J—Waltham Forest, Redbridge, etc.508636589611165412189
K—Havering, Barking and Newham7548538221071205514147
L—Lambeth489706519200281122414024
M—Southwark40873539310817844262411
N—Islington252448318487831191710
P—Lewisham and Bromley5588726821181745821209
Q—Brent and Harrow45263249117520292393219
R—Greenwich and Bexley46374839844742310106
S—Barnet and Hertsmere272426370233213884
T—Richmond-upon-Thames and Hounslow396535521244420684
V—Kingston-upon-Thames, Merton etc.210399339131614644
W—Wandsworth3106154228720069283316
X—Ealing and Hillingdon36355343537592410116
Y—Haringey and Enfield, etc.4506665259719464222912
Z—Croydon and Sutton, etc.3785995913369299125
MPD Total8,84612,64610,2471,6512,4281,020192010
* Persons proceeded against by means of a charge, referral to a juvenile bureau, a caution or in some way; arrests not followed by any action are not included.
Metropolitan Police Office classification includes arrests for homicide and violent sexual offences.
Metropolitan Police Office classification excludes a small number of arrests for burglaries involving violence.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give for each of the calendar years 1950, 1960, 1970 and 1980 the total number of serious offences, that is to say offences which before 1979 would have been known as indictable, known to the police and the percentage of those convicted by any court of such offences who were sentenced to immediate imprisonment; and if he will further give the percentage of those convicted by any court of such offences who were given suspended sentences in 1970 and 1980.

[pursuant to his reply, 22 February 1982, c. 278]: The number of serious offences recorded by the police in each of the years requested is given in table 2.2 of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales, 1980", Cmnd. 8376. Information on sentencing for indictable offences in the years 1970 to 1980 is to be found in table 7.4 of the same publication. The percentages of those sentenced for indictable offences who were sentenced to immediate imprisonment were: 17, 14, nine and nine, respectively in 1950, 1960, 1970 and 1980. The corresponding percentages given suspended sentences were eight and seven respectively in 1970 and 1980.

The detailed information requested is not collected centrally for all police force areas. I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that the information available for the Metropolitan Police district is as given in the following table.