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Arson

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of suspected deliberate fire starting were reported in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and how many people were (a) arrested, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted of arson and related offences in each year. (133125)

Table 1 outlines the total number of incidents recorded and cleared by PSNI. Table 2 gives prosecutions and convictions for the offences of ‘arson’ and ‘arson endangering life’.

The statistics in the table are drawn from two separate sources—PSNI Central Statistics Unit and NIO Statistics and Research Branch. PSNI statistics include incidents which have been recorded but did not result in prosecution or any further recommended action. The statistics drawn from NIO Statistics and Research Branch detail prosecutions and convictions. Comparison is not possible between the two tables.

Table 1

Number of Offences

Recorded

Cleared

2002-03

2,598

141

2003-04

2,136

200

2004-05

2,011

177

2005-06

2,333

179

1 April 2006 to 28 February 20071

2,281

153

1 Data are collated on the principal offence rule; thus only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

Source:

Central Statistics Unit, PSNI

Table 2: Prosecutions and convictions for the offences of ‘arson’ and ‘arson endangering life’ 2001-051,2

2001

2002

2003

Prosecuted

Convicted

Prosecuted

Convicted

Prosecuted

Convicted

Arson

32

24

47

35

43

29

Arson endangering life

13

9

3

3

15

8

Total

45

33

50

38

58

37

20042005

Prosecuted

Convicted

Prosecuted

Convicted

Arson

61

39

39

21

Arson endangering life

22

16

13

10

Total

83

55

52

31

1 Data are collated on the principal offence rule; thus only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

2 Data for 2005 are provisional.

Source:

Statistics and Research Branch