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Forensic Science: North West

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of violent crime requiring forensic science capabilities there have been in the police force areas covering (a) Lancashire, (b) Merseyside, (c) Cumbria, (d) North Wales, (e) Greater Manchester and (f) Cheshire in each of the last five years. (282984)

[holding answer 29 June 2009]: The table gives details of the number of violent crimes which had a crime scene examination and the number of crimes at which potential DNA material, finger marks and footwear marks were collected in each of the years from 2004-05 to 2007-08 for the police forces referred to. Figures for the 2008-09 financial year will be available shortly.

It should be noted that in crimes where potential forensic material is collected, only a proportion of the forensic material collected is submitted to a forensic laboratory for analysis. The proportion varies for DNA material, finger marks and footwear marks.

The information provided is from police force data collected by the Home Office on forensic activity and related detections. The data cover DNA, finger mark and footwear mark activity. These data are normally used for management information only and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications.

Violent crime1

Cheshire

Cumbria

Greater Manchester

Lancashire

Merseyside

North Wales

Total

2004-05

Crimes which have a crime scene examination

571

169

2,392

831

478

480

4,921

Crimes where potential DNA material collected

210

112

863

223

319

201

1928

Crimes where potential fingerprints collected

119

52

1,143

140

229

107

1790

Crimes where potential footwear marks collected

35

20

150

73

58

40

376

2005-06

Crimes which have a crime scene examination

383

336

2,014

992

704

191

4,620

Crimes where potential DNA material collected

166

75

758

200

396

134

1729

Crimes where potential fingerprints collected

77

49

592

134

254

80

1186

Crimes where potential footwear marks collected

35

12

138

88

57

49

379

2006-07

Crimes which have a crime scene examination

1,072

394

1,574

1,091

1,018

156

5,305

Crimes where potential DNA material collected

196

110

724

278

537

100

1945

Crimes where potential fingerprints collected

116

62

635

186

289

70

1358

Crimes where potential footwear marks collected

45

27

505

101

73

56

807

2007-08

Crimes which have a crime scene examination

849

312

1,443

919

1,063

122

4708

Crimes where potential DNA material collected

174

117

714

264

580

82

1931

Crimes where potential fingerprints collected

60

50

666

171

316

57

1320

Crimes where potential footwear marks collected

37

32

317

96

61

45

588

1 ‘Violent crime’ covers all violence against the person offences.