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Assaults

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions took place for (a) assaults and (b) assaults with a minor injury in (i) each basic command unit in Durham constabulary and (ii) each police force in each year since 2002; and how many were successful. (113348)

Information taken from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform showing the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for the assault offences requested, broken down by police force area for 2002-05, is provided in the following tables.

It is not possible to separately identify basic command units in Durham police force area as the data are not collected at that level of detail.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for common assaults and Assaults occasioning actual bodily harm, by police force area, England and Wales 2002-051, 2

Statutes: Various

Offence class: Common assaults etc

2002

2003

2004

2005

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Avon and Somerset

1,362

754

1,419

789

1,604

934

1,890

1,279

Bedfordshire

526

246

694

307

869

364

987

452

Cambridgeshire

533

334

564

347

607

396

854

563

Cheshire

801

508

890

544

891

575

1,207

831

City of London

34

28

42

18

36

21

50

23

Cleveland

407

234

625

350

860

426

706

444

Cumbria

506

359

580

407

725

474

828

573

Derbyshire

1,018

561

1,240

684

1,437

883

1,922

1,130

Devon and Cornwall

1,617

1,044

1,648

1,041

1,953

1,204

2,164

1,333

Dorset

602

363

545

340

596

406

773

518

Durham

453

341

458

318

453

337

569

434

Essex

1,455

840

1,543

894

1,796

1,068

2,429

1,419

Gloucestershire

447

287

474

307

495

349

694

498

Greater Manchester

1,648

998

1,888

1,183

2,808

1,825

3,222

2,135

Hampshire

2,083

1,322

2,436

1,480

3,217

1,982

2,937

1,863

Hertfordshire

610

376

830

461

1,179

621

1,654

856

Humberside

692

444

846

587

1,022

755

1,089

842

Kent

1,500

810

1,722

930

1,753

1,075

1,735

1,153

Lancashire

1,569

844

1,755

993

1,802

1,034

2,371

1,512

Leicestershire

944

527

1,090

630

1,200

734

1,810

1,097

Lincolnshire

905

480

975

570

1,012

567

964

585

Merseyside

1,217

671

1,647

946

2,159

1,153

2,319

1,287

Metropolitan Police

5,210

2,829

5,427

2,941

6,020

3,416

7,125

4,063

Norfolk

978

612

1,051

617

1,066

678

951

662

North Yorkshire

708

420

673

438

891

582

1,126

765

Northamptonshire

498

283

550

331

568

361

698

419

Northumbria

1,431

776

1,779

947

1,698

1,106

1,699

1,128

Nottinghamshire

1,892

910

1,940

906

1,750

917

1,966

1,098

South Yorkshire

1,005

580

1,275

724

1,423

929

1,614

1,049

Staffordshire

1,559

780

1,647

802

2,094

938

2,292

1,080

Suffolk

805

467

957

536

1,140

704

1,122

770

Surrey

637

293

844

415

964

492

1,045

601

Sussex

1,435

768

1,496

809

1,845

1,075

1,811

1,099

Thames Valley

1,464

796

1,528

841

1,691

984

2,508

1,524

Warwickshire

274

192

276

176

285

194

365

273

West Mercia

1,262

676

1,367

733

1,604

948

1,804

1,131

West Midlands

5,203

2,467

5,537

2,529

5,567

2,793

4,514

2,848

West Yorkshire

3,265

1,577

3,603

2,010

3,834

2,445

4,160

2,579

Wiltshire

743

519

916

623

866

616

912

620

Dyfed-Powys

534

258

556

317

587

350

574

358

Gwent

630

374

606

343

594

371

645

387

North Wales

774

476

704

501

845

566

956

643

South Wales

977

525

1,083

617

1,223

682

1,391

820

England and Wales

52,213

28,949

57,726

32,282

65,029

38,330

72,452

44,744

Statute: Common Law and Offences against the Person Act 1861 S.47Offence: Assaults occasioning actual bodily harm

2002

2003

2004

2005

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Avon and Somerset

718

316

778

358

544

280

576

389

Bedfordshire

257

106

261

95

380

107

339

122

Cambridgeshire

252

175

237

168

249

161

364

239

Cheshire

757

335

648

282

380

233

557

340

City of London

39

21

25

13

25

8

32

9

Cleveland

332

142

388

162

322

191

357

220

Cumbria

435

258

432

263

405

263

472

307

Derbyshire

704

322

697

333

665

317

855

497

Devon and Cornwall

830

368

906

415

771

396

736

363

Dorset

296

139

247

144

228

129

358

220

Durham

480

289

414

241

313

196

385

261

Essex

526

242

618

258

672

291

698

285

Gloucestershire

277

136

246

143

196

113

293

162

Greater Manchester

2,583

1,064

3,106

1,128

2,978

1,288

1,954

1,228

Hampshire

983

530

963

530

810

478

860

521

Hertfordshire

501

259

495

200

601

243

740

282

Humberside

613

308

640

336

453

298

433

306

Kent

849

287

908

350

564

283

522

379

Lancashire

1,102

570

1,164

545

856

483

893

555

Leicestershire

747

378

724

338

681

325

786

375

Lincolnshire

297

120

266

152

320

165

267

156

Merseyside

1,319

542

1,754

587

1,576

588

910

540

Metropolitan Police

3,920

1,412

3,706

1,361

2,869

1,340

2,633

1,359

Norfolk

328

177

334

142

227

116

244

159

North Yorkshire

287

160

293

185

307

194

359

237

Northamptonshire

380

144

397

144

289

161

346

206

Northumbria

1,236

544

1,253

509

884

441

740

470

Nottinghamshire

776

297

669

272

483

271

467

311

South Yorkshire

710

434

746

421

563

423

629

453

Staffordshire

543

281

564

279

630

292

604

332

Suffolk

376

166

468

185

360

190

372

237

Surrey

227

93

247

96

233

118

222

126

Sussex

618

286

655

302

458

255

629

323

Thames Valley

716

296

715

329

591

309

800

426

Warwickshire

162

96

138

79

157

98

167

130

West Mercia

662

375

641

343

496

297

647

400

West Midlands

3,957

1,415

4,246

1,341

3,267

1,223

1,806

969

West Yorkshire

1,811

558

1,593

579

1,246

661

1,023

623

Wiltshire

234

125

268

169

219

146

251

190

Dyfed-Powys

450

172

444

219

268

175

256

161

Gwent

430

248

490

241

432

233

378

209

North Wales

331

181

341

199

334

207

440

259

South Wales

1,246

537

1,286

525

1,383

552

1,265

574

England and Wales

34,297

14,904

35,411

14,961

29,685

14,538

27,665

15,910

1 These data are provided on a principal offence basis.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces and courts. As a consequence, care should be taken to insure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) assaults and (b) assaults with a minor injury took place on police officers in (i) each basic command unit in Durham Constabulary and (ii) each police force in each year since 2002. (113350)

The numbers of serious and other assaults on police officers are given in the following tables. These data are not available by basic command unit and have been provided at force level.

Serious and other assaults1 on police officers 2001-02 to 2004-052,3

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

Force

Serious

Other

Serious

Other

Serious

Other

Serious

Other

Avon and Somerset

64

272

0

366

3

490

0

296

Bedfordshire

18

76

8

66

2

115

0

106

Cambridgeshire

1

117

2

149

2

166

1

148

Cheshire

5

214

4

348

13

378

2

337

City of London

2

60

0

43

4

44

2

51

Cleveland

44

214

0

59

0

67

0

63

Cumbria

3

77

12

108

4

107

2

93

Derbyshire

0

241

0

290

1

229

0

228

Devon and Cornwall

3

253

7

319

12

306

19

314

Dorset

1

155

1

196

1

130

1

164

Durham

3

301

1

240

2

219

3

133

Dyfed-Powys

7

115

2

132

4

100

4

137

Essex

0

225

0

260

1

374

2

393

Gloucestershire

2

121

1

148

3

144

0

170

Greater Manchester

19

855

25

909

16

1,006

Gwent

0

340

3

178

2

207

2

176

Hampshire

5

172

12

490

25

518

24

384

Hertfordshire

0

169

1

193

2

169

0

185

Humberside

12

176

21

240

14

182

3

127

Kent

2

361

25

342

27

347

5

394

Lancashire4,5

57

239

67

264

Leicestershire

0

235

8

202

11

191

14

291

Lincolnshire

3

164

6

162

0

166

29

169

Merseyside

0

147

0

10

0

182

0

165

Metropolitan Police

1,438

1,898

2,349

25

2,589

Norfolk

8

163

6

220

16

166

9

199

Northamptonshire

136

149

7

102

0

98

Northumbria

37

501

0

691

0

39

25

215

North Wales

0

111

0

91

7

89

0

111

North Yorkshire

2

109

7

118

8

232

0

279

Nottinghamshire

3

171

0

391

19

90

10

224

South Wales

0

893

5

1,037

2

702

5

707

South Yorkshire

10

199

3

161

5

187

2

161

Staffordshire

5

174

2

144

0

119

0

158

Suffolk

4

166

1

160

10

175

2

193

Surrey

18

157

0

223

9

216

18

238

Sussex

7

277

11

175

6

324

11

405

Thames Valley

5

315

4

312

5

308

9

260

Warwickshire

4

152

3

201

0

250

0

256

West Mercia

18

234

10

235

17

210

7

199

West Midlands4,5

11

1,085

2

1,262

West Yorkshire

6

1,015

2

779

9

847

7

882

Wiltshire

11

101

1

136

0

165

3

121

1 Data collated on behalf of and published by HMIC. Serious assaults are those for which the charge would be under Sections 18 and 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. Recording practices may vary between forces.

2 Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive.

3 Data for 2005-06 has been collated but not yet been validated. Figures will be available in the HMIC Annual Report 2005-06 due for publication by March 2007.

4 Lancashire and West Midlands were not able to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults in 2003-04, however the number of overall assaults was 462 and 1,112 respectively.

5 Lancashire and West Midlands were not able to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults in 2004-05, however the number of overall assaults was 521 and 910 respectively.