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Vandalism: Convictions

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for offences relating to acts of vandalism in (i) West Chelmsford constituency, (ii) Essex and (iii) England in each year since 2000. (269097)

The number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences of criminal damage, including acts of vandalism, in the Essex police force area and England from 2000-07 (latest available) is shown in the following table.

Court proceedings data held by the Ministry of Justice do not enable offences involving vandalism to be separately identified from other acts of "criminal damage."

Data are given in the table for Essex police force area. It is not possible to further break down data to constituency level (i.e. West Chelmsford) as this level of detail is not held centrally.

Data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts of criminal damage1, in Essex and England, 2000-072, 3

Proceeded against

Found guilty

20004

Essex

1,484

938

England

53080

35,322

2001

Essex

1,530

1,027

England

53,541

34,734

2002

Essex

1,425

957

England

55,681

36,337

2003

Essex

1,445

974

England

57,099

37,979

2004

Essex

1,627

1,136

England

56,347

40,220

2005

Essex

1,801

1,299

England

53,635

39,933

2006

Essex

1,671

1,302

England

52,736

40,333

2007

Essex

1,587

1,311

England

52,790

41,981

1 The offence of vandalism cannot be separated from other criminal damage offences.

2 The statistics 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 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.

3 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.

4 Staffordshire Police Force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates' courts for the year 2000. These data are included in the figures given for England.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform - Evidence and Analysis Unit.