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Crimes of Violence: Kent

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 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 100 population in (i) Ashford constituency and (ii) Kent police area in each year between 1997 and 2008. (243115)

The available information is given in the following tables.

Police recorded crime statistics are not collected at constituency level, therefore figures for the Ashford Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) have been provided. CDRP figures are only available from 1999-2000 to 2007-08.

These statistics have been presented in a series of separate tables to show why data are not directly comparable over the period 1997 to 2008.

Table 1: Violence against the person offences recorded by the police—1997

Number of offences and rate per 1,000 population

Offence

Number of offences

Rate per 1,000 population

England

233,441

5

Kent

7,445

5

Ashford

n/a

n/a

n/a = Not available

Table 2: Violence against the person offences recorded by the police—1998-99 to 2001-02

Number of offences and rate per 1,000 population

Offence

Number of offences

Rate per 1,000 population

1998-99

England

470,689

10

Kent

12,409

8

Ashford

n/a

n/a

1999-2000

England

543,114

11

Kent

12,984

8

Ashford

921

9

2000-01

England

562,679

11

Kent

13,122

8

Ashford

933

9

2001-02

England

613,869

12

Kent

12,293

8

Ashford

909

9

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: Violence against the person offences recorded by the police—2002-03 to 2007-08

Number of offences and rate per 1,000 population

Number of offences

Rate per 1,000 population

2002-03

England

781,768

16

Kent

18,358

12

Ashford

1,156

11

2003-04

England

902,732

18

Kent

20,512

13

Ashford

1,255

12

2004-05

England

981,646

20

Kent

22,857

14

Ashford

1,573

15

2005-06

England

992,612

20

Kent

26,812

17

Ashford

1,548

14

2006-07

England

976,369

19

Kent

27,554

17

Ashford

1,499

14

2007-08

England

896,287

18

Kent

25,191

15

Ashford

1,416

13

Notes:

1. 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.

2. The Sexual Offences Act 2003, introduced in May 2004, altered the definition and coverage of sexual offences.