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Sentencing

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average sentence was for (a) assault and (b) assault with a minor injury on a police officer in each year since 2002. (113267)

The information is contained in the table.

Average custodial sentence length and proportion of persons given immediate custody for offences1 of common assault and assault on a police constable, England and Wales

Common assault

Assault on a police constable2

Percentage given custody

Average custodial sentence length (months)

Percentage given custody

Average custodial sentence length (months)

2002

10.7

2.9

19.6

2.9

2003

10.1

3.0

18.4

2.8

2004

11.3

3.1

19.1

2.9

2005

11.2

3.1

19.7

2.9

1 Principal offence basis.

2 Excludes offences of resisting or obstructing a police constable in execution of duty.

Note:

Although care is taken in collating and analysing the returns used to compile these figures, the data are of necessity subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system. Consequently, although figures are shown to the last digit in order to provide a comprehensive record of the information collected, they are not necessarily accurate to the last digit shown.

Source:

RDS-NOMS, Home Office.