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Crime Statistics

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the differences are in the criteria by which an offence is considered to be (a) cleared up and (b) brought to justice. [109586]

The term cleared up is used when an individual has been charged, cautioned, reprimanded, or received a final warning for a notifiable offence or offences in relation to a crime, or when such an offence has been accepted for consideration in court. A crime may also be counted as cleared up when no further action is taken on an offence for one of the following reasons:

  • the offender, victim or an essential witness is dead or too ill;
  • the victim refuses or is unable to give evidence;
  • the offender is under the age of criminal responsibility;
  • the Police or Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decide that no useful purpose would be served by proceeding; or
  • the time limit of six months for commencing prosecution, where applicable, has been exceeded.
A notifiable offence is considered to have been brought to justice if the outcome is a conviction, caution, Penalty Notice for Disorder, or it is taken into consideration at court.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many shoplifting offences were committed in Romford in (a) 2002 and (b) each of the last 10 years. [128375]

The available information is contained in the table:

Persons1aged 10–17 and 18–20 convicted in the Petty Sessional Area of Havering2, 1992–2001
Persons aged 10–17Persons aged 18–20All young offenders

1 A person convicted on more than one occasion during a year will be counted separately on each occasion.

2 Court sits at Romford. Figures include those convicted at the Crown Court, having been committed for trial from Havering PSA.

Statistics for 2002 will be available in December.