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House of Commons Hansard
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08 March 2010
Volume 507
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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cautions were issued in (a) Essex and (b) the Mid-Essex division of Essex constabulary area for (i) violence against the person, (ii) theft and handling stolen goods, (iii) sexual offences, (iv) criminal damage, (v) robbery and (vi) fraud and forgery in each year since 2005. [320988]

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The number of offenders issued with a caution for violence against the person, theft and handling stolen goods, sexual offences, criminal damage and robbery and fraud and forgery as reported by the Essex police force area, 2005 to 2008 (latest available) is shown in the following table.

Court proceedings data are not available at separate divisions within a police force area.

Data for 2009 are planned for publication in the autumn, 2010.

Number of offenders issued with a caution for selected offence type, Essex police force area, 2005 to 20081,2,3

Offence type

2005

2006

2007

2008

Violence against the person

1,342

2,754

3,127

645

Sexual offences

40

87

67

36

Robbery

10

26

21

2

Theft and handling stolen goods

1,903

3,023

3,615

2,117

Fraud and forgery

176

278

383

284

Criminal damage

40

56

63

47

1 The cautions statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence. 2 From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and warnings. These are included in the totals. 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. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services in the Ministry of Justice.