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Young Offenders: Crimes of Violence

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young offenders aged 10 to 17 years were found guilty and sentenced for (a) murder, (b) rape and (c) violence against the person in each year since 1997, broken down by criminal justice area. (212103)

The requested information is contained in the following table.

The number of persons sentenced were found guilty (either at court or by their own admission) prior to the point of sentencing.

Data for the offence of violence against the person will include the number of persons sentenced for murder.

Statistics for 2007 will be published in the autumn.

The Government are committed to tackling youth crime and particularly violent youth crime to reduce the impact it has on communities. The Government published their tackling violence action plan this year with a range of measures to address violent crime. The vast majority of youngsters are on the right track. In the five years to 2005, the frequency of juvenile reoffending fell by more than 17 per cent. The Offending Crime and Justice Survey shows that over the past three surveys overall youth offending has remained stable.

The Government will publish a Youth Crime Action Plan in the summer setting out a cross-Government approach to tackling youth crime.

Number of juveniles sentenced1 for murder, rape and violence against the person2, all courts, England and Wales 1997 to 2006, England and Wales

Number of persons

Criminal justice area and offence group

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Avon and Somerset

Murder

2

1

Rape

1

1

1

1

2

Violence against the person

97

74

93

112

134

133

155

130

147

159

Bedfordshire

Murder

1

3

2

Rape

1

Violence against the person

41

49

38

42

43

38

43

52

62

63

Cambridgeshire

Murder

Rape

1

1

1

1

Violence against the person

70

48

77

64

75

68

70

59

116

73

Cheshire

Murder

1

1

1

Rape

2

1

1

1

2

6

Violence against the person

184

194

180

174

164

148

107

115

159

207

Cleveland

Murder

1

1

Rape

1

1

1

2

1

1

3

Violence against the person

71

54

60

70

64

77

79

74

84

123

Cumbria

Murder

2

1

Rape

1

1

Violence against the person

75

89

90

81

79

64

91

93

100

111

Derbyshire

Murder

2

Rape

3

2

3

2

2

Violence against the person

91

109

113

88

116

119

119

124

191

134

Devon and Cornwall

Murder

1

1

Rape

3

1

1

1

1

1

1

Violence against the person

86

82

86

110

74

119

138

147

142

116

Dorset

Murder

Rape

1

1

2

1

Violence against the person

25

49

38

45

47

48

36

49

80

77

Durham

Murder

1

2

1

Rape

1

1

2

2

1

Violence against the person

151

98

144

115

105

126

114

101

132

150

Essex

Murder

1

1

Rape

1

1

1

1

2

1

Violence against the person

134

135

99

117

146

144

176

208

178

170

Gloucestershire

Murder

Rape

1

2

1

1

Violence against the person

40

46

37

48

46

42

43

54

71

66

Greater Manchester

Murder

1

1

3

4

4

1

4

1

Rape

2

2

1

3

2

3

3

5

4

Violence against the person

436

457

501

565

653

565

526

602

573

525

Hampshire

Murder

1

1

2

Rape

3

1

2

2

1

2

1

3

4

Violence against the person

179

224

201

233

209

271

269

274

265

249

Hertfordshire

Murder

Rape

1

1

2

Violence against the person

69

70

62

95

87

110

107

116

148

111

Humberside

Murder

1

1

Rape

1

1

1

4

Violence against the person

115

120

118

120

103

129

143

107

144

162

Kent

Murder

1

2

1

Rape

3

1

4

1

Violence against the person

151

144

146

128

154

124

123

101

147

145

Lancashire

Murder

1

1

1

Rape

2

3

2

1

1

1

3

Violence against the person

219

220

177

218

212

235

225

206

278

314

Leicestershire

Murder

1

1

Rape

1

1

Violence against the person

130

120

139

129

145

150

146

144

155

151

Lincolnshire

Murder

1

Rape

1

1

1

2

1

Violence against the person

35

69

44

45

51

44

60

57

66

44

Merseyside

Murder

1

1

3

3

3

1

Rape

2

1

1

6

2

3

4

Violence against the person

222

233

221

234

272

251

260

299

262

297

London

Murder

6

1

4

8

6

7

1

5

6

7

Rape

16

7

12

9

8

8

9

7

8

10

Violence against the person

752

766

773

873

1,081

1,104

889

949

1,057

1,093

Norfolk

Rape

1

2

2

1

Violence against the person

60

57

62

49

62

45

67

44

58

69

North Yorkshire

Murder

1

Rape

2

1

1

2

1

2

Violence against the person

65

46

59

61

39

51

62

58

68

91

Northamptonshire

Murder

1

1

Rape

1

1

1

1

Violence against the person

46

77

85

62

39

43

33

34

40

35

Northumbria

Murder

2

1

2

1

Rape

7

3

2

1

3

2

2

2

3

3

Violence against the person

287

358

305

311

333

332

274

296

308

235

Nottinghamshire

Murder

1

2

1

Rape

4

1

3

1

3

2

Violence against the person

149

118

121

157

159

129

132

115

153

163

South Yorkshire

Murder

2

1

1

1

3

1

Rape

4

2

3

1

2

5

Violence against the person

162

152

170

170

191

221

192

189

213

216

Staffordshire

Murder

Rape

1

1

3

2

1

Violence against the person

84

98

110

151

102

131

124

129

154

133

Suffolk

Murder

2

1

Rape

1

1

1

Violence against the person

44

33

67

48

50

65

72

76

102

110

Surrey

Murder

Rape

1

1

2

1

Violence against the person

31

40

28

49

51

37

49

69

57

72

Sussex

Murder

1

1

1

Rape

1

1

1

1

1

1

Violence against the person

96

80

62

97

105

105

120

141

161

168

Thames Valley

Murder

1

2

1

Rape

1

1

1

2

2

1

Violence against the person

116

118

103

127

132

132

131

137

184

192

Warwickshire

Murder

Rape

1

1

1

1

2

Violence against the person

49

48

40

29

42

33

28

51

47

63

West Mercia

Murder

1

Rape

1

1

2

1

2

2

Violence against the person

107

101

98

93

155

118

108

107

167

185

West Midlands

Murder

5

2

3

1

1

2

Rape

5

5

4

4

3

4

3

8

4

Violence against the person

449

463

489

559

634

606

534

540

416

517

West Yorkshire

Murder

2

1

3

3

1

2

2

Rape

1

5

8

1

2

1

3

3

11

3

Violence against the person

285

293

309

258

240

252

245

351

288

237

Wiltshire

Murder

Rape

2

3

Violence against the person

35

52

36

45

58

56

63

51

68

93

Dyfed-Powys

Murder

2

Rape

1

1

Violence against the person

53

63

67

60

46

37

56

50

55

45

Gwent

Murder

1

Rape

1

1

1

1

Violence against the person

92

79

68

85

S2

76

88

93

89

93

North Wales

Murder

1

1

Rape

1

1

2

1

1

Violence against the person

68

73

64

92

91

86

92

99

100

113

South Wales

Murder

1

1

1

Rape

1

3

1

4

1

1

2

4

3

Violence against the person

235

195

225

215

229

206

188

211

159

189

England and Wales

Murder

26

10

24

20

27

20

9

13

26

19

Rape

58

36

55

43

42

31

35

46

86

85

Violence against the person

5,886

5,994

6,005

6,424

6.910

6,870

6,577

6,902

7,444

7,559

1 The data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Data for violence against the person will include the number sentenced for murder.

Note:

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Source:

OMS, Analytical Services