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Crimes of Violence

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent incidents were recorded by the British Crime Survey in each police force area in 2007-08. (241540)

The number of violent incidents per 10,000 adults recorded by the BCS in each police force area is published annually in the Home Office statistical bulletin “Crime in England and Wales”, a copy of which is available in the House of Commons Library. Figures for 2007-08 are included in Table 1.

Table 1: Violent crime incidents by police force area—2007-08 BCS

Police force area

All BCS violence per 10,000 adults1

Cleveland

301

Durham

568

Northumbria

723

Cheshire

376

Cumbria

324

Greater Manchester

503

Lancashire

606

Merseyside

582

Humberside

563

North Yorkshire

278

South Yorkshire

683

West Yorkshire

730

Derbyshire

294

Leicestershire

376

Lincolnshire

463

Northamptonshire

868

Nottinghamshire

810

Staffordshire

641

Warwickshire

626

West Mercia

499

West Midlands

451

Bedfordshire

481

Cambridgeshire

445

Essex

245

Hertfordshire

433

Norfolk

479

Suffolk

165

Metropolitan Police

542

Hampshire

492

Kent

398

Surrey

585

Sussex

298

Thames Valley

531

Avon and Somerset

452

Devon and Cornwall

333

Dorset

651

Gloucestershire

403

Wiltshire

221

Dyfed-Powys

470

Gwent

885

North Wales

303

1 All BCS violence includes wounding, assault with minor injury, assault with no injury and robbery.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were charged with an offence of violence against the person in each of the last two years for which figures are available; and how many received a police caution and were not prosecuted. (242063)

Statistics on the number of persons charged with offences are not collected centrally. The available information relates to persons proceeded against and cautioned and these figures are published by the Ministry of Justice. There were 61,056 persons proceeded against for violence against the person offences in 2007 and 64,763 in 2006. The number who received a caution for violence against the person was 52,334 in 2007 and 57,273 in 2006.