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Crimes of Violence

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of violence against the person were recorded (a) in total and (b) per 1,000 of the population for (i) England, (ii) the Avon and Somerset Constabulary area and (iii) Bath and North East Somerset in each year from 1997 to 2008. (231456)

The available information is given in the following tables. Bath and North East Somerset is a Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) area. Data for violence against the person at CDRP level are only available from 1999-2000 onwards.

Table 1: Offences of violence against the person recorded by the police—1997

Number of offences

Area

Number of offences

Rate per 1,000 population

England

233,441

5

Avon and Somerset

9,614

7

Bath and North East Somerset

n/a

n/a

n/a = Not available

Table 2: Offences of violence against the person recorded by the police—1998-99 to 2001-02

Number of offences

Area

England

Avon and Somerset

Bath and North East Somerset

1998-99

Number of offences

470,689

12,333

n/a

Rate per 1,000 population

10

8

n/a

1999-2000

Number of offences

543,114

12,921

1,108

Rate per 1,000 population

11

9

7

2000-01

Number of offences

562,679

15,376

1,198

Rate per 1,000 population

11

10

7

2001-02

Number of offences

613,869

17,686

1,640

Rate per 1,000 population

12

12

10

n/a = Not available

Notes:

1. The coverage was extended and counting rules revised from 1998-99. Figures from that date are not directly comparable with those for 1997.

2. The data in this table are prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years.

Table 3: Offences of violence against the person recorded by the police—2002-03 to 2007-08

Number of offences

Area

England

Avon and Somerset

Bath and North East Somerset

2002-03

Number of offences

781,768

20,739

1,544

Rate per 1,000 population

16

14

9

2003-04

Number of offences

902,732

26,530

2,000

Rate per 1,000 population

18

18

12

2004-05

Number of offences

981,646

31,462

2,685

Rate per 1,000 population

20

21

16

2005-06

Number of offences

992,612

30,496

2,877

Rate per 1,000 population

20

20

17

2006-07

Number of offences

976,369

30,881

3,000

Rate per 1,000 population

19

20

17

2007-08

Number of offences

896,287

27,147

2,857

Rate per 1,000 population

18

17

16

Note:

The data in this table take account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.