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Drugs: Crime

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 14 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug-related offences have been committed in each police authority area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (142140)

Data collected centrally on recorded crime do not identify whether offences are drug related. The recorded crime statistics do include the number of specific drug offences which are given in the tables.

Table 1: Drug offences recorded by the police—1997

Police force area

Number

Avon and Somerset

484

Bedfordshire

223

Cambridgeshire

205

Cheshire

635

Cleveland

227

Cumbria

222

Derbyshire

302

Devon and Cornwall

637

Dorset

183

Durham

404

Dyfed-Powys

374

Essex

401

Gloucestershire

210

Greater Manchester

1,051

Gwent

389

Hampshire

770

Hertfordshire

215

Humberside

444

Kent

790

Lancashire

554

Leicestershire

309

Lincolnshire

235

London, City of

46

Merseyside

694

Metropolitan Police

4,695

Norfolk

337

Northamptonshire

286

Northumbria

445

North Wales

238

North Yorkshire

171

Nottinghamshire

373

South Wales

525

South Yorkshire

535

Staffordshire

389

Suffolk

333

Surrey

163

Sussex

695

Thames Valley

566

Warwickshire

136

West Mercia

436

West Midlands

828

West Yorkshire

1,807

Wiltshire

191

Total

23,153

Note:

Prior to April 1998, ‘trafficking in controlled drugs’ was the only drug offence included in the recorded crime series.

Table 2: Drug offences recorded by the police—1998-99 to 2001-02

Police force area

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

Avon and Somerset

2,145

2,017

1,990

1,860

Bedfordshire

1,141

1,081

896

1,009

Cambridgeshire

1,166

1,011

829

798

Cheshire

2,470

1,854

1,644

1,591

Cleveland

1,120

992

952

1,109

Cumbria

1,621

1,360

949

925

Derbyshire

1,689

1,659

1,374

1,635

Devon and Cornwall

3,873

3,784

3,374

4,079

Dorset

1,102

1,379

1,237

1,390

Durham

1,388

1,259

1,207

1,317

Dyfed-Powys

2,483

2,030

1,690

2,407

Essex

2,312

2,421

2,208

2,212

Gloucestershire

1,152

1,285

1,293

1,223

Greater Manchester

5,439

4,919

4,932

4,698

Gwent

2,447

2,214

2,196

1,729

Hampshire

4,195

4,155

3,464

3,449

Hertfordshire

1,197

1,180

1,441

1,350

Humberside

1,639

1,534

1,342

1,513

Kent

3,891

3,644

2,940

3,051

Lancashire

4,117

3,135

3,124

3,169

Leicestershire

1,433

1,478

1,395

1,705

Lincolnshire

1,229

975

906

1,116

London, City of

504

357

296

469

Merseyside

5,620

4,838

4,421

4,390

Metropolitan Police

32,152

26,233

23,626

26,204

Norfolk

1,534

1,561

1,160

1,211

Northamptonshire

1,285

1,157

967

958

Northumbria

3,934

4,209

4,238

4,804

North Wales

1,885

1,586

1,427

1,382

North Yorkshire

1,560

1,408

1,259

1,491

Nottinghamshire

2,004

1,846

2,028

2,070

South Wales

2,934

2,690

3,038

3,907

South Yorkshire

3,983

3,614

3,521

3,408

Staffordshire

1,915

1,650

1,623

2,186

Suffolk

1,581

1,410

1,178

1,292

Surrey

1,557

1,510

1,858

1,872

Sussex

2,235

2,323

2,002

2,602

Thames Valley

3,838

3,635

3,364

4,093

Warwickshire

683

776

629

659

West Mercia

2,393

2,137

2,073

2,109

West Midlands

7,180

6,536

7,519

7,578

West Yorkshire

6,720

5,852

4,820

4,297

Wiltshire

1,199

1,172

1,028

1,076

Total

135,945

121,866

113,458

121,393

Note:

The introduction of the revised counting rules in April 1998 expanded the offence coverage. This included the addition of ‘possession of controlled drugs’ and ‘other drug offences’. These data are not comparable with earlier years.

Table 3: Drug offences recorded by the police—2002-03 to 2005-06

Police force area

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Avon and Somerset

2,308

2,457

2,739

4,642

Bedfordshire

1,069

1,130

1,131

1,228

Cambridgeshire

904

1,047

1,174

1,442

Cheshire

1,717

1,695

1,546

1,748

Cleveland

1,685

1,368

1,451

1,822

Cumbria

1,038

1,189

1,321

1,576

Derbyshire

1,877

1,932

2,023

1,680

Devon and Cornwall

4,516

4,826

4,356

4,147

Dorset

1,371

1,455

1,577

1,703

Durham

1,289

1,205

1,062

1,299

Dyfed-Powys

2,978

2,420

2,327

2,495

Essex

2,377

2,295

2,328

2,889

Gloucestershire

1,311

1,288

1,218

1,352

Greater Manchester

5,667

5,981

6,703

8,843

Gwent

1,585

1,422

1,332

1,412

Hampshire

3,938

3,967

3,773

4,037

Hertfordshire

1,553

1,678

1,754

2,044

Humberside

1,883

1,874

2,048

2,127

Kent

3,236

2,795

2,170

2,713

Lancashire

4,084

3,640

3,411

3,245

Leicestershire

1,629

1,821

1,942

2,747

Lincolnshire

1,060

1,061

951

1,230

London, City of

790

744

876

1,023

Merseyside

5,419

5,497

5,649

11,952

Metropolitan Police

33,311

32,332

33,011

42,681

Norfolk

1,392

1,508

1,602

1,821

Northamptonshire

979

971

1,477

1,394

Northumbria

6,040

5,414

4,636

5,159

North Wales

1,830

1,830

1,834

2,120

North Yorkshire

1,582

1,624

1,690

1,915

Nottinghamshire

2,352

2,830

2,667

3,301

South Wales

3,872

3,837

3,705

3,483

South Yorkshire

3,448

3,191

3,013

3,283

Staffordshire

2,264

2,586

2,689

3,242

Suffolk

1,689

1,923

1,974

2,015

Surrey

1,934

1,689

1,904

1,787

Sussex

2,665

3,050

3,343

4,276

Thames Valley

4,903

5,404

6,167

7,515

Warwickshire

751

944

914

1,313

West Mercia

2,053

2,218

2,278

2,537

West Midlands

8,828

8,656

7,840

10,035

West Yorkshire

5,015

5,295

5,666

6,739

Wiltshire

898

971

1,066

1,340

Total

141,090

141,060

142,338

175,352

Note:

Numbers of recorded crime were affected by changes in reporting and recording following the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These data are not comparable with earlier years.