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Crimes of Violence

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes have been reported in (a) England and Wales, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency, in each of the last five years. (245023)

A number of changes have been made to recorded crime in response to suggestions in the two reviews of crime statistics. One such change is that the term ‘violent crime’ is no longer used in connection with the recorded crime statistics and we now provide figures for violence against the person.

The available information is given in the following table. The Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency comes within the Middlesbrough Basic Command Unit. Data for Tees Valley are not available.

Offences of violence against the person recorded by the police, 2003-04 to 2007-08

Number of offences

Area

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

England and Wales1

967,228

1,048,095

1,059,585

1,046,168

961,188

North East Region

40,561

41,537

46,206

48,194

41,085

Middlesbrough

2,922

3,653

4,560

5,119

4,721

1 Includes British Transport Police.