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Drugs: Crime

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) males and (b) females who were (i) under 17, (ii) between 17 and 21, (iii) between 21 and 25, (iv) between 25 and 29 and (v) over 30 years of age were convicted of drug offences in the Chelmsford division of the Essex police force area in each of the last 10 years. (254838)

Information showing the number of males and females found guilty at all courts for drug offences in Essex police force area broken down by age is given in the following table. Court data are not collected centrally by police force division.

The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence 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.

Number of persons found guilty at all courts for drug offences, in the Essex police force area, 1998 to 2007, broken down by age and sex1, 2

Age

Sex

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

20043

2005

2006

2007

Male

24

45

51

48

60

54

42

53

25

22

Female

3

1

3

—

2

4

1

5

4

3

10-16

Total

27

46

54

48

62

58

43

58

29

25

Male

240

241

205

221

244

223

158

133

120

92

Female

20

16

19

18

13

13

11

16

7

8

17-20

Total

260

257

224

239

257

236

169

149

127

100

Male

178

175

178

155

158

140

99

101

108

84

Female

20

14

9

18

18

16

12

17

14

8

21-24

Total

198

189

187

173

176

156

111

118

122

92

Male

222

195

181

148

130

132

109

103

117

79

Female

28

28

18

18

9

16

10

16

28

19

25-29

Total

250

223

199

166

139

148

119

119

145

98

Male

341

351

281

305

320

264

245

288

272

216

Female

46

65

56

48

27

34

35

42

47

39

30 and over

Total

387

416

337

353

347

298

280

330

319

255

All ages

1,122

1,131

1,001

979

981

896

722

774

742

570

1 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence 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.

2 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.

3 Cannabis was reclassified from a class B to a class C drug in January 2004, which also saw the introduction of the cannabis warning as an out of court disposal.

Source:

Evidence and Analysis Unit—Office for Criminal Justice Reform.