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Crimes of Violence: Northern Ireland

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the level of violent crime in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years. (163161)

The number of violent crimes recorded by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in the last three years is as follows:

Number of violent crimes

2004-05

32,512

2005-06

34,408

2006-07

35,223

1 April to 30 September 2007

16,313

Violent crime includes offences against the person such as, murder, manslaughter, wounding with intent and GBH with intent. It also includes sexual offences such as, rape and indecent assault on a female, robbery and hijacking.

The Northern Ireland Policing Plan 2007 to 2010, commits the PSNI to reducing the total number of violent crimes by 2 per cent. by 31 March 2008. Targets are measured against a baseline at 31 March 2007.

Excellent progress has been made against this target; violent crimes recorded by the police have been reduced by 15.7 per cent. for the first six months of this year, compared with the same period last year.