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Crimes of Violence: Winchester

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases of (a) rape, (b) grievous bodily harm, (c) actual bodily harm and (d) burglary were recorded in Winchester in each of the last five years; and how many (i) prosecutions and (ii) convictions there were in relation to such offences in each category in each of those years. (258227)

Information on the number of recorded offences of rape and burglary in the Winchester Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership area has been provided by the Home Office and is shown in the following table 1. However, there are no statistics currently available relating specifically to offences of grievous bodily harm or actual bodily harm. Such offences would be included in the Home Office classifications of ‘more serious wounding' or ‘less serious wounding' as appropriate and cannot be separately identified from other offences within those classifications.

From data held by the Ministry of Justice, the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences relating to rape, grievous bodily harm, actual bodily harm, and burglary in Hampshire police force area can be viewed in Table 2 as follows.

Court proceedings data are not available at constituency level. Therefore Hampshire police force area data have been provided in lieu.

These data are on the principal offence basis. The figures given in the table on court proceedings 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.

Court proceedings data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Recorded crime and court proceedings statistics are from two different databases and recorded in quite different ways. Recorded crime data are provided on a financial year basis and counts offences whereas court proceedings data are on a calendar year basis and count offenders. Therefore, these two separate data-sets are not directly comparable.

Table 1: Offences of rape and burglary recorded by the police in the Winchester Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership area—2003-04 to 2007-08

Number of offences

Rape

Burglary

2003-04

21

966

2004-05

23

706

2005-06

16

706

2006-07

23

722

2007-08

724

Source:

Home Office Statistics (Policing)

Table 2: The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts, found guilty at all courts for rape, grievous bodily harm, actual bodily harm, and burglary offences in Hampshire police force area, 2003 to 20071, 2, 3

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Offence

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Rape

91

84

98

62

90

10

14

27

30

25

Grievous bodily harm

191

161

167

130

154

46

54

54

42

40

Actual bodily harm

162

148

164

156

131

127

136

133

134

122

Burglary

1,111

999

844

813

774

658

644

601

627

567

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

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 Includes the following statutes and corresponding offence descriptions:

Offences against the Person Act 1861 Sec 18.

Wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Offences against the Person Art 1861 Sec 20.

Malicious wounding: wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.l

Rape of a female aged under 16.

Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.l

Rape of a female aged 16 or over.

Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.l

Rape of a male aged under 16.

Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.l

Rape of a male aged 16 or over

Burglary in a Dwelling :

Theft Act 1968 Sec 9(l)(a).

Burglary in a dwelling with intent to commit or the commission of an offence triable only on indictment.

Theft Act 1968 Sec9(l)(b).

Burglary in a dwelling with the commission of an offence triable only on indictment or with violence or the threat of violence.

Theft Act 1968 Sec 9.

Other burglary in a dwelling.

Aggravated Burglary in a Dwelling:

Theft Act 1968 Sec 10.

Aggravated burglary in a dwelling (including attempts).

Burglary in a Building Other than a Dwelling

Theft Act 1968 Sec 9.

Burglary in a building other than a dwelling with intent to commit or the commission of an offence triable only on indictment.

Theft Act 1968 Sec 9.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice