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Racially Aggravated Offences: Wiltshire

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what type of offences with racial motivation were recorded by Wiltshire Constabulary which (a) were taken to court and (b) resulted in convictions in each year between 1997-98 and 2005-06. (147091)

The statistics are not available in the form requested.

Recorded crime statistics relate to offences and court proceedings data relate to offenders. In addition, recorded crime data are published on a financial year basis and court proceedings data are published on a calendar year basis. For these reasons, the two data sources are therefore not directly comparable.

The available information relates to racially or religiously aggravated offences and is available from 1999-2000 only. Tables 1 and 2 give the number of offences recorded by the police in Wiltshire. Data on the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for all racially and religiously aggravated offences in the Wiltshire police force area are provided in Table 3.

Table 1: Recorded racially or religiously aggravated offences recorded by the police in Wiltshire, 1999-2000 to 2001-02

Offence

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

Racially or religiously aggravated offences of:

Less serious wounding

10

16

24

Harassment

36

65

67

Common assault

16

14

10

Criminal damage to a dwelling

2

3

9

Criminal damage to a building other than a dwelling

1

9

20

Criminal damage to a vehicle

8

8

15

Other criminal damage

4

3

4

Table 2: Recorded racially or religiously aggravated offences recorded by the police in Wiltshire, 2002-03 to 2005-06

Offence

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Racially or religiously aggravated offences of:

Less serious wounding

22

35

37

37

Harassment

140

147

138

167

Common assault

17

26

13

13

Criminal damage to a dwelling

14

11

7

9

Criminal damage to a building other than a dwelling

20

14

6

17

Criminal damage to a vehicle

12

5

13

8

Other criminal damage

7

6

6

9

Note:

1. The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced on 1 April 2002. Figures before and after that date are not directly comparable.

Table 3: Defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for racially and religiously aggravated offences, Wiltshire police force area, 1999 to 20051, 2

Proceeded against

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Racially or religiously aggravated offences of:

Less serious wounding

1

1

1

1

2

5

3

Harassment

17

16

16

15

26

27

49

Common assault

1

2

3

8

14

9

10

Criminal damage to a dwelling

Criminal damage to a building other than a dwelling

Criminal damage to a vehicle

Other criminal damage

2

4

2

4

3

Found guilty

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Racially or religiously aggravated offences of:

Less serious wounding

1

Harassment

10

10

12

11

20

16

28

Common assault

1

5

7

4

8

Criminal damage to a dwelling

Criminal damage to a building other than a dwelling

Criminal damage to a vehicle

Other criminal damage

1

2

1

2

1

1 These data are on the 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 the police forces and courts. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.