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Rape: Prosecutions

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful prosecutions for rape were made in each police authority area in each year since 1997. (248509)

The number of proceedings at magistrates courts not leading to a finding of guilt, and the number of defendants found guilty at all courts, for rape offences, from 1997 to 2007 (latest available), are given in the following table.

The figures relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Centrally collected data are available at police force area level which are given in the table.

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for rape offences1, by outcome2 and police force area3, 1997 to 20074,5. England and Wales

Police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

Where proceedings did not lead to a finding of guilt

Number found guilty

Where proceedings did not lead to a finding of guilt

Number found guilty

Where proceedings did not lead to a finding of guilt

Number found guilty

Where proceedings did not lead to a finding of guilt

Number found guilty

Avon and Somerset

51

9

52

14

60

9

44

13

Bedfordshire

18

5

26

2

27

5

24

5

Cambridgeshire

15

5

15

2

32

4

23

4

Cheshire

11

8

19

9

17

11

17

11

City of London

2

Cleveland

5

7

13

5

8

8

12

5

Cumbria

11

7

4

10

4

3

3

Derbyshire

30

7

30

6

29

10

25

11

Devon and Cornwall

40

11

10

23

16

17

15

12

Dorset

23

4

13

4

14

7

7

13

Durham

7

7

16

9

18

5

34

3

Essex

27

17

45

13

47

8

27

4

Gloucestershire

7

2

10

2

9

4

12

7

Greater Manchester

118

25

99

44

97

26

70

41

Hampshire

39

26

48

21

59

25

61

21

Hertfordshire

16

8

10

6

13

7

22

4

Humberside

6

8

17

7

12

8

16

6

Kent

17

12

32

9

18

14

28

17

Lancashire

42

13

38

16

30

28

49

13

Leicestershire

36

9

25

17

12

12

27

6

Lincolnshire

16

6

21

5

16

3

14

7

Merseyside

7

14

39

17

34

10

53

8

Metropolitan Police

200

95

209

94

268

88

212

97

Norfolk

14

2

16

2

20

2

9

4

North Yorkshire

12

3

9

6

13

7

8

6

Northamptonshire

0

3

9

4

7

8

4

5

Northumbria

59

24

96

21

83

20

71

16

Nottinghamshire

48

11

42

14

29

21

38

16

South Yorkshire

27

17

26

11

12

14

38

6

Staffordshire

27

10

17

9

12

13

14

Suffolk

12

4

22

4

11

8

8

5

Surrey

9

3

12

4

10

2

16

2

Sussex

6

13

31

13

26

8

34

7

Thames Valley

48

13

39

9

21

16

24

13

Warwickshire

4

6

1

4

1

5

1

West Mercia

15

10

23

10

16

8

13

5

West Midlands

65

36

99

44

103

31

113

29

West Yorkshire

66

23

58

43

102

41

91

38

Wiltshire

21

3

23

2

11

1

4

4

Dyfed-Powys

14

6

14

2

26

5

20

4

Gwent

24

11

30

3

23

8

17

7

North Wales

23

6

22

9

18

6

19

4

South Wales

41

21

54

31

46

28

43

20

Total

1,277

517

1,441

571

1,425

561

1,346

519

Police force area2001200220032004

Where proceedings did not lead to a finding of guilt

Number found guilty

Where proceedings did not lead to a finding of guilt

Number found guilty

Where proceedings did not lead to a finding of guilt

Number found guilty

Where proceedings did not lead to a finding of guilt

Number found guilty

Avon and Somerset

74

14

68

12

57

20

49

22

Bedfordshire

15

10

22

5

13

5

20

12

Cambridgeshire

24

7

14

8

14

2

20

4

Cheshire

25

6

18

9

18

10

20

11

City of London

3

1

Cleveland

14

5

21

11

25

9

14

10

Cumbria

26

6

18

4

9

8

6

10

Derbyshire

31

4

37

7

39

13

37

19

Devon and Cornwall

18

10

0

15

5

14

2

15

Dorset

33

3

22

6

13

3

15

4

Durham

33

3

30

4

21

1

24

8

Essex

35

8

47

5

43

6

41

9

Gloucestershire

13

28

2

5

7

20

Greater Manchester

117

37

149

32

156

31

152

27

Hampshire

78

20

77

21

81

10

70

14

Hertfordshire

18

5

23

8

25

10

37

11

Humberside

10

8

22

9

15

10

23

8

Kent

26

17

51

16

40

7

43

10

Lancashire

64

16

76

14

49

20

50

16

Leicestershire

42

4

47

8

33

15

30

12

Lincolnshire

14

5

24

9

21

4

22

5

Merseyside

55

24

79

15

82

13

45

20

Metropolitan Police

339

76

432

96

477

113

376

103

Norfolk

16

5

13

8

12

5

1

9

North Yorkshire

16

6

18

8

15

6

31

12

Northamptonshire

3

9

5

8

2

8

2

14

Northumbria

50

21

38

22

55

20

35

18

Nottinghamshire

51

25

48

13

52

13

53

11

South Yorkshire

40

15

39

17

32

19

36

23

Staffordshire

51

7

42

11

36

9

30

16

Suffolk

23

1

25

7

18

6

24

3

Surrey

19

5

21

5

27

5

10

5

Sussex

35

7

39

11

21

17

38

12

Thames Valley

42

15

31

15

42

12

35

16

Warwickshire

2

2

7

1

7

1

3

3

West Mercia

35

7

33

12

25

9

29

10

West Midlands

155

37

205

27

169

52

151

51

West Yorkshire

144

21

119

15

101

30

51

48

Wiltshire

17

2

18

9

20

6

22

4

Dyfed-Powys

12

2

19

2

10

2

23

4

Gwent

28

7

33

16

38

9

35

6

North Wales

23

2

22

5

6

6

19

6

South Wales

63

10

77

20

50

17

64

23

Total

1,923

494

2,150

548

1,967

583

1,809

644

Police force area200520062007

Where proceedings did not lead to a finding of guilt

Number found guilty

Where proceedings did not lead to a finding of guilt

Number found guilty

Where proceedings did not lead to a finding of guilt

Number found guilty

Avon and Somerset

44

11

47

17

41

18

Bedfordshire

16

8

14

5

8

8

Cambridgeshire

17

9

16

6

19

6

Cheshire

29

10

15

17

14

11

City of London

Cleveland

33

8

16

16

11

20

Cumbria

9

6

10

5

9

9

Derbyshire

52

12

28

20

35

14

Devon and Cornwall

1

19

10

18

8

21

Dorset

16

4

13

8

19

3

Durham

25

8

25

7

22

4

Essex

38

11

17

12

9

8

Gloucestershire

12

3

14

13

26

5

Greater Manchester

134

46

122

47

127

44

Hampshire

71

27

32

30

65

25

Hertfordshire

41

6

46

8

10

12

Humberside

27

16

19

26

1

22

Kent

35

17

44

17

33

26

Lancashire

87

13

49

29

57

23

Leicestershire

37

10

27

7

18

11

Lincolnshire

19

13

7

7

6

6

Merseyside

18

23

26

15

19

15

Metropolitan Police

462

104

404

133

367

138

Norfolk

-6

10

11

14

1

11

North Yorkshire

19

11

21

11

16

10

Northamptonshire

12

7

0

12

7

9

Northumbria

43

11

40

19

31

21

Nottinghamshire

38

18

37

13

22

18

South Yorkshire

26

35

38

25

23

24

Staffordshire

32

13

38

8 p

20

20

Suffolk

24

7

24

12

14

5

Surrey

20

4

15

5

14

4

Sussex

53

11

44

11

17

24

Thames Valley

60

21

59

17

31

23

Warwickshire

2

8

6

5

8

2

West Mercia

35

11

20

14

15

9

West Midlands

95

62

113

48

104

55

West Yorkshire

62

48

24

37

32

42

Wiltshire

27

3

10

11

13

7

Dyfed-Powys

7

4

9

3

7

5

Gwent

28

7

35

7

21

14

North Wales

15

3

15

3

3

10

South Wales

51

16

43

16

54

15

Total

1,864

694

1,581

754

1,361

777

1 Includes

Rape of a female aged under 16—Sexual Offences Act 2003, section 1.

Rape of a female aged 16 or over—Sexual Offences Act 2003, section 1.

Rape of a male aged under 16—Sexual Offences Act 2003, section 1.

Rape of a male aged 16 or over—Sexual Offences Act 2003, section 1.

Rape of a female child under 13 by a male—Sexual Offences Act 2003, section 5.

Rape of a male child under 13 by a male—Sexual Offences Act 2003, section 5.

2 “Where proceedings did not lead to a finding of guilt” covers defendants tried and found not guilty as well as proceedings that were discontinued or cases where no evidence was offered, charges were withdrawn or the judge ruled that there was no case to answer.

3 Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher order of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table. (See also footnote 5)

4 These data are on the principal offence basis.

5 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit.