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Crimes of Violence: Convictions

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of offences related to (a) violent crime and (b) serious violent crime in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) England and Wales in each year since 1997. (321591)

Information showing the number of persons found guilty at all courts in the north-east Government office region (GOR) and England and Wales for offences of violence against the person, from 1997 to 2008 (latest available) is shown in the following table.

Court proceedings data are not available at parliamentary constituency level. Data are given in the table for the north-east GOR in which the Jarrow constituency and South Tyneside are located.

Court proceedings data for 2009 are planned to be published in the autumn 2010.

Persons found guilty at all courts for violence against the person offences in the north-east Government office region (GOR)1, and England and Wales, 1997 to 20082, 3

Number

Area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

20084

England and Wales

more serious offences5

3,283

3,173

2,915

2,825

2,908

3,201

3,195

3,554

3,589

3,242

3,453

3,424

less serious offences6

31,279

33,877

32,785

32,445

32,390

34,507

34,841

35,595

37,340

38,622

38,498

38,095

common assault

20,636

24,110

26,406

26,262

26,610

28,949

32,282

38,330

44,745

49,260

52,693

52,319

of which:

North-east GOR

more serious offences5

236

236

181

169

167

203

219

214

220

206

225

202

less serious offences6

2,119

2,319

2,322

2,204

2,260

2,328

2,208

2,163

2,387

2,554

2,707

2,578

common assault

936

1,050

1,258

1,216

1,140

1,351

1,615

1,869

2,006

2,198

2,885

2,676

1 Includes: Cleveland police force area Durham police force area Northumbria police force area. 2 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. 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. 4 Excludes convictions for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July and August 2008. 5 Includes: murder, attempted murder, threat or conspiracy to murder, manslaughter, infanticide, child destruction, causing death by dangerous driving, manslaughter due to diminished responsibility, causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink or drugs, causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable person, causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving, causing death by driving,—unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers, causing death by aggravated vehicle taking, wounding or other act endangering life, endangering railway passenger. 6 Includes: endangering life at sea, other wounding etc. (including offences of assaults occasioning actual bodily harm and wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm), cruelty to or neglect of children, abandoning child aged under two years, child abduction, procuring illegal abortion, concealment of birth. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.