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Crime: Statistics

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Answer of 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1538W, on crime: statistics, how many (a) offences of soliciting for the purposes of prostitution, (b) incidents of prostitution-related activity and (c) incidents of youth-related anti-social behaviour were recorded by each police force in each of the last five years. (247294)

The available information is given in the following tables. Table 1 gives the number of recorded offences of soliciting for the purposes of prostitution for 2003-04 to 2007-08. Table 2 gives the number of incidents of prostitution related activity. This data has been provided by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) and is only available for 2007-08. Data in table 3 relates to incidents of antisocial behaviour (ASB). This information has again been provided by NPIA and is only available for 2007-08.

The response given on 1 September 2008 stated that data on the number of ‘youth-related ASB’ is being collected. NPIA have informed officials that this data is not currently collected centrally.

Table 1: Recorded offences of soliciting for the purposes of prostitution

Number of offences

Police force area

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Avon and Somerset

28

50

52

98

80

Bedfordshire

7

27

25

27

75

British Transport Police

5

3

0

2

0

Cambridgeshire

1

1

0

0

1

Cheshire

0

0

0

0

0

Cleveland

209

204

74

101

74

Cumbria

0

0

0

1

0

Derbyshire

28

26

20

6

28

Devon and Cornwall

5

2

0

0

0

Dorset

28

8

28

46

14

Durham

0

0

0

0

0

Dyfed-Powys

0

1

0

0

0

Essex

9

5

5

0

0

Gloucestershire

0

0

0

1

0

Greater Manchester

62

3

34

67

105

Gwent

0

1

0

0

0

Hampshire

31

38

38

26

18

Hertfordshire

0

0

0

0

0

Humberside

3

3

21

2

0

Kent

13

10

17

34

58

Lancashire

31

19

3

3

0

Leicestershire

4

2

1

10

10

Lincolnshire

0

0

0

1

0

London, City of

0

0

0

1

0

Merseyside

1

8

0

2

0

Metropolitan Police

939

916

806

317

244

Norfolk

14

5

1

1

26

Northamptonshire

18

53

29

88

144

Northumbria

1

0

0

0

0

North Wales

0

0

0

0

0

North Yorkshire

0

0

1

1

0

Nottinghamshire

45

118

142

148

119

South Wales

5

6

2

3

10

South Yorkshire

114

64

54

76

47

Staffordshire

31

26

12

11

5

Suffolk

21

49

38

19

108

Surrey

1

0

0

0

0

Sussex

0

1

0

0

0

Thames Valley

25

18

7

17

10

Warwickshire

1

0

0

0

0

West Mercia

1

0

0

0

0

West Midlands

129

97

174

99

46

West Yorkshire

130

55

55

82

24

Wiltshire

4

2

1

0

12

England and Wales

1,944

1,821

1,640

1,290

1,258

Table 2: Incidents of prostitution-related activity—2007-08

Police force area

Number of incidents

Avon and Somerset

173

Bedfordshire

150

British Transport Police

n/a

Cambridgeshire

82

Cheshire

12

Cleveland

89

Cumbria

6

Derbyshire

116

Devon and Cornwall

16

Dorset

128

Durham

1

Dyfed-Powys

3

Essex

102

Gloucestershire

20

Greater Manchester

247

Gwent

65

Hampshire

121

Hertfordshire

26

Humberside

91

Kent

92

Lancashire

129

Leicestershire

200

Lincolnshire

3

London, City of

5

Merseyside

124

Metropolitan Police

1,446

Norfolk

232

Northamptonshire

18

Northumbria

39

North Wales

2

North Yorkshire

7

Nottinghamshire

70

South Wales

328

South Yorkshire

283

Staffordshire

142

Suffolk

181

Surrey

19

Sussex

18

Thames Valley

85

Warwickshire

12

West Mercia

4

West Midlands

538

West Yorkshire

145

Wiltshire

54

England and Wales

5,624

n/a = Not available

Table 3: Incidents of antisocial behaviour—2007-08

Police force area

Number of incidents

Avon and Somerset

103,561

Bedfordshire

39,617

British Transport Police

n/a

Cambridgeshire

54,749

Cheshire

57,429

Cleveland

64,105

Cumbria

45,427

Derbyshire

75,649

Devon and Cornwall

106,403

Dorset

48,844

Durham

63,412

Dyfed-Powys

35,133

Essex

95,164

Gloucestershire

36,133

Greater Manchester

252,656

Gwent

67,556

Hampshire

142,061

Hertfordshire

84,801

Humberside

53,075

Kent

88,347

Lancashire

171,470

Leicestershire

58,442

Lincolnshire

40,099

London, City of

1,902

Merseyside

112,623

Metropolitan Police

387,862

Norfolk

62,033

Northamptonshire

62,699

Northumbria

171,347

North Wales

50,670

North Yorkshire

50,656

Nottinghamshire

88,240

South Wales

117,884

South Yorkshire

127,635

Staffordshire

61,888

Suffolk

43,970

Surrey

64,048

Sussex

106,526

Thames Valley

100,542

Warwickshire

30,390

West Mercia

88,770

West Midlands

172,034

West Yorkshire

148,521

Wiltshire

33,629

England and Wales

3,868,002

n/a = Not available