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Shoplifting

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested for shoplifting in England and Wales in each year since 1997; how many were charged; how many were cautioned; and how many received a sentence of (a) up to six months, (b) six to 12 months and (c) more than 12 months, broken down by police authority area. (96772)

The information requested on arrests is not available centrally.

Data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform for the number of people who were cautioned, prosecuted, received a sentence of (a) up to six months, (b) six to 12 months and (c) more than 12 months, broken down by police force area in England and Wales, 1997 to 2004 will be placed in the Library.

It is not possible to identify cases where people have been charged, as this information is not held centrally by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. While the Home Office does collect data on those recorded crime offences which are dealt with by means of a charge or summons, the offences asked for in this PQ are summary and do not form part of the recorded crime series.

Court proceedings data for 2005 will be available in November 2006.