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Crimes of Violence: Children

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children under the age of 10 years were the victims of recorded crimes of (a) assault, (b) actual bodily harm, (c) grievous bodily harm and (d) other crimes of violence in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2007, broken down by police force area. (203250)

It is not possible to determine the age of crime victims from the recorded crime statistics collected centrally by the Home Office.

Separate information is collected for offences initially recorded as homicide. Available data relate to homicides recorded by police in England and Wales between 2004-05 and 2006-07, and are given in the table. Data for 2007-08 are not yet available.

Homicides currently recorded1 where victim aged under 10 years, by police force area: England and Wales 2004-05 to 2006-072

Year offence initially recorded as homicide3

Police force area

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Avon and Somerset

1

Bedfordshire

1

British Transport Police

2

Cambridgeshire

1

2

Cheshire

1

1

Cleveland

1

1

Cumbria

Derbyshire

Devon and Cornwall

2

1

1

Dorset

1

Durham

2

Dyfed Powys

Essex

2

1

1

Gloucestershire

1

1

Greater Manchester

3

3

5

Gwent

1

Hampshire

2

1

2

Hertfordshire

1

Humberside

2

1

2

Kent

3

Lancashire

1

2

Leicestershire

1

2

3

Lincolnshire

London, City of

Merseyside

5

1

Metropolitan Police

9

7

12

Norfolk

North Wales

1

2

North Yorkshire

1

Northamptonshire

2

Northumbria

2

1

Nottinghamshire

1

1

South Wales

1

1

South Yorkshire

2

1

Staffordshire

1

Suffolk

Surrey

Sussex

2

1

Thames Valley

2

2

1

Warwickshire

West Mercia

2

West Midlands

3

2

5

West Yorkshire

1

1

2

Wiltshire

1

Total

48

38

49

1 As at 12 November 2007; figures are revised as cases are dealt with by the police and by the courts, or as further information becomes available.

2 Data for 2007-08 are scheduled to be published in January 2009.

3 Offences are shown according to the year in which the police initially recorded the offence as homicide. This is not necessarily the year in which the incident took place or the year in which any court decision was made.