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Crime: North Yorkshire

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes (a) were committed and (b) resulted in convictions in North Yorkshire in each of the last five years. (277063)

Information is not available in the form requested as it is not possible to track individual offences through to their outcome at court. The available information relates to the number of offences recorded by the police in North Yorkshire in each financial year. Convictions data are based on the number of offenders and have been provided by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. These data are published on a calendar year basis and are counts of persons classified by their principal offence. For these reasons the two datasets are not directly comparable.

Table 1 gives the number of offences recorded by the police in North Yorkshire and table 2 provides data on the number of offenders convicted.

The data in table 2 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.

Table 1: Offences recorded by the police in North Yorkshire

Number

2003-04

71,473

2004-05

61,615

2005-06

58,850

2006-07

54,526

2007-08

50,265

Table 2: The number of defendants found guilty at all courts for all offences in North Yorkshire police force area, 2003-071,2

Number

2003

13,746

2004

15,010

2005

12,841

2006

14,629

2007

15,049

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.