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Crimes of Violence: Retail Trade

Volume 502: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) cautions, (b) penalty notices for disorder and (c) convictions resulted from incidents of violence against retail staff in (i) North Yorkshire, (ii) Lancashire, (iii) London and (iv) England in each of the last three years. (305305)

I have been asked to reply.

Information held centrally by the Ministry of Justice on cautions and court proceedings does not identify the employment status of a victim of an offence other than where specified in the statute. Therefore outcomes of violence against retail staff cannot be separately identified from other offences of assault and violence against the person.

Penalty notices for disorder are not available for violent offences or when injury has been caused. They are only intended to be used for certain low level antisocial behaviour and public order offences.