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Sexual Offences Act 2003

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received a caution for an offence under section (a) 1 and (b) 5 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in each police force area in 2008. (322837)

The number of offenders cautioned for offences under sections 1 and 5 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, by police force area in 2008 is shown in the following table.

Number of offenders cautioned1, 2 for offences under sections 1 and 5 of the Sexual Offences Act: 20033, by police force area, England and Wales 20084Police force areaSection15Section 56Avon and Somerset—1Cambridgeshire—4Cleveland—1Cumbria1—Devon and Cornwall21Dorset11Essex11Kent1—Lancashire1—Leicestershire—1Lincolnshire11Metropolitan Police13Nottinghamshire12Staffordshire1—Suffolk—1Sussex1—Thames Valley12Warwickshire—2West Midlands—1Gwent—1England and Wales13231 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 The Sexual Offences Act 2003 came into force on 1 May 2004. 4 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.5 Section 1 includes the following offences:Rape of a female aged under 16.Rape of a female aged 16 or over.Rape of a male aged under 16.Rape of a male aged 16 or over.Attempted rape of a female aged under 16Attempted rape of a female aged 16 or over.Attempted rape of a male aged under 16.Attempted rape of a male aged 16 or over.6 Section 5 includes the following offences:Rape of a female child under 13 by a male.Rape of a male child under 13 by a male.Attempted rape of a female child under 13 by a male.Attempted rape of a male child under 13 by a male.Note:A police force area not listed in the table means nil data.Source:Evidence and Analysis Unit—Office for Criminal Justice Reform.