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Drugs: Children

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children under the age of 16 years have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of drug-related offences in each district command unit in each of the last five years. (194751)

The information requested is set out in the following tables. Prior to 2006-07, the PSNI did not provide separate figures for the number charged and prosecuted.

Table 1 (a): Persons charged or summonsed for drug-related offences under the age of 16, 2002-03 to 2006-07

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Antrim

2

0

3

1

1

Ards

0

1

2

0

2

East Belfast

3

10

3

2

1

North Belfast

3

1

3

2

1

South Belfast

2

2

8

5

5

West Belfast

3

0

3

2

5

Carrickfergus

0

0

1

0

2

Castlereagh

0

0

0

1

0

Larne

1

1

0

1

0

Lisburn

3

1

5

3

5

Newtownabbey

0

0

0

2

0

North Down

2

2

4

2

4

Urban

19

18

32

21

26

Armagh

1

2

5

0

0

Banbridge

0

0

0

0

0

Ballymena

2

3

4

1

1

Ballymoney

0

0

1

0

0

Coleraine

4

3

1

2

2

Cookstown

0

0

3

1

1

Craigavon

1

1

1

6

8

Dungannon and S Tyrone

2

0

1

1

0

Down

0

4

2

1

2

Fermanagh

0

0

0

5

1

Foyle

2

2

1

1

0

Limavady

0

2

3

0

5

Magherafelt

0

0

0

0

0

Moyle

0

0

0

0

0

Newry and Mourne

2

1

1

2

1

Omagh

0

0

1

1

0

Strabane

0

0

0

0

0

Rural

14

18

24

21

21

Northern Ireland total

33

36

56

42

47

Table 1 (b): Breakdown of persons charged or summonsed for drug-related offences under the age of 16, 2006-07

Charged

Summonsed

Total

Antrim

0

1

1

Ards

0

2

2

East Belfast

0

1

1

North Belfast

0

1

1

South Belfast

1

4

5

West Belfast

1

4

5

Carrickfergus

0

2

2

Castlereagh

0

0

0

Larne

0

0

0

Lisburn

0

5

5

Newtownabbey

0

0

0

North Down

0

4

4

Urban

2

24

26

Armagh

0

0

0

Banbridge

0

0

0

Ballymena

0

1

1

Ballymoney

0

0

0

Coleraine

0

2

2

Cookstown

0

1

1

Craigavon

2

6

8

Dungannon and S Tyrone

0

0

0

Down

0

2

2

Fermanagh

0

1

1

Foyle

0

0

0

Limavady

2

3

5

Magherafelt

0

0

0

Moyle

0

0

0

Newry and Mourne

0

1

1

Omagh

0

0

0

Strabane

0

0

0

Rural

4

17

21

Northern Ireland total

6

41

47

Source:

Central Statistics Unit, Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Table 2: Number of prosecutions and convictions for drug offences for persons aged 10 to 15 years old for the calendar years 2002 to 2006 by police district command unit

2002

2003

2004

Prosecutions

Convictions

Prosecutions

Convictions

Prosecutions

Convictions

Antrim

0

0

0

0

1

1

Ards

0

0

0

0

1

1

Armagh

0

0

0

0

1

1

Ballymena

0

0

0

0

1

0

Belfast East

0

0

1

1

0

0

Belfast North

0

0

1

1

1

1

Belfast South

1

0

0

0

1

1

Belfast West

1

1

0

0

1

1

Carrickfergus

0

0

0

0

0

0

Castlereagh

1

1

0

0

0

0

Colerame

0

0

1

1

1

1

Cookstown

0

0

1

1

0

0

Craigavon

0

0

0

0

1

1

Foyle

0

0

2

1

0

0

Limavady

0

0

2

1

0

0

Lisburn

0

0

1

1

1

1

Newry and Mourne

0

0

0

0

2

2

Newtownabbey

0

0

0

0

0

0

North Down

1

1

0

0

0

0

Omagh

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northern Ireland total

4

3

9

7

12

11

20052006

Prosecutions

Convictions

Prosecutions

Convictions

Antrim

0

0

0

0

Ards

2

2

1

1

Armagh

0

0

0

0

Ballymena

1

1

1

1

Belfast East

0

0

0

0

Belfast North

0

0

2

2

Belfast South

3

3

1

1

Belfast West

0

0

1

1

Carrickfergus

0

0

2

2

Castlereagh

0

0

0

0

Colerame

0

0

0

0

Cookstown

0

0

0

0

Craigavon

0

0

0

0

Foyle

1

1

0

0

Limavady

0

0

1

1

Lisburn

0

0

1

1

Newry and Mourne

1

1

0

0

Newtownabbey

0

0

1

1

North Down

1

1

0

0

Omagh

1

1

0

0

Northern Ireland total

10

10

11

11

These tables of statistics are not directly comparable as statistics on charges are compiled by the PSNI on a financial year basis, and statistics on convictions are compiled by the courts on a calendar year basis.