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Racially Aggravated Offences

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many racially-motivated crimes were recorded in each police force area in (a) each year from 1997-98 to 2002-03 and (b) 2008-09. (280855)

The information on police recorded crime covers some categories of offence that are deemed to be racially or religiously aggravated. Racially aggravated offences were added to the recorded crime statistics series in April 1999 and religiously aggravated offences were added in April 2002. It is not possible to separately identify those offences of a racial nature from those of a religious nature.

Data for 1999-2000 to 2002-03 is given in the following table. Data for 2008-09 will be published on 16 July 2009.

Racially or religiously aggravated offences recorded by the police

Number of offences

Police force area

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-031,2

Avon and Somerset

240

3,292

700

900

Bedfordshire

42

91

134

169

British Transport Police

n/a

n/a

n/a

402

Cambridgeshire

222

262

259

410

Cheshire

98

216

355

376

Cleveland

29

46

71

145

Cumbria

27

44

60

69

Derbyshire

263

298

381

560

Devon and Cornwall

120

272

321

496

Dorset

83

154

116

177

Durham

30

50

89

371

Dyfed-Powys

76

81

96

96

Essex

87

244

509

558

Gloucestershire

147

187

192

210

Greater Manchester

693

1,073

2,804

2,353

Gwent

97

154

141

193

Hampshire

273

609

454

317

Hertfordshire

148

177

233

343

Humberside

70

90

149

302

Kent

339

463

427

547

Lancashire

232

408

1,057

860

Leicestershire

169

295

556

809

Lincolnshire

12

30

26

136

London, City of

40

45

45

71

Merseyside

234

318

461

734

Metropolitan Police

13,850

11,925

10,800

9,853

Norfolk

76

87

103

203

Northamptonshire

191

234

294

303

Northumbria

273

360

538

934

North Wales

35

108

173

288

North Yorkshire

6

15

24

80

Nottinghamshire

425

620

731

635

South Wales

402

468

624

737

South Yorkshire

98

168

221

242

Staffordshire

176

276

646

466

Suffolk

125

191

272

246

Surrey

168

269

308

407

Sussex

246

434

441

443

Thames Valley

420

607

938

948

Warwickshire

66

111

181

159

West Mercia

228

468

661

527

West Midlands

883

2,306

2,843

2,422

West Yorkshire

234

308

501

707

Wiltshire

77

118

149

232

Total

21,750

27,972

30,084

31,436

n/a = Not available.

1 The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced in April 2002 and figures before and after that date are not directly comparable.

2 Includes British Transport Police for 2002-03.