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Crimes of Violence

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases of actual bodily harm police cautions were used in each of the last five years; and what proportion of such cases were first offences. (176117)

Data showing the number of offenders cautioned, proceeded against and found guilty of actual bodily harm offences in England and Wales from 2002 to 2006 have been provided by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform and are given in the following table.

Information is not available on the number of these cases which were first offences.

Number of offenders cautioned, and defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for actual bodily harm offences1, in England and Wales, 2002 to 20062, 320022003200420052006Proceeded against 34,78535,95530,10928,09126,231Found guilty15,02615,08714,66316,07116,663Cautioned15,77320,39725,70738,09442,171 1 Includes the following offences:Assaults occasioning actual bodily harm (malicious wounding), Offences against the Person Act 1861 section 47 (in part).Racially aggravated assaults occasioning actual bodily harm (malicious wounding), Offences Against the Person Act 1861 section 47 (in part) as amended by Crime and Disorder Act 1998 section 29(1)(b) & (2).Religiously aggravated ABH, Offences Against the Person Act 1861 section 47 as amended by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 section 29(1)(b) & (2).Racially or religiously aggravated ABH, Offences Against the Person Act 1861 section 47 as amended by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 section 29(1)(b) & (2).2 These data are on the principal offence basis.3 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 courts and police forces. 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.