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Crimes of Violence

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of (a) violent and (b) non-violent crimes committed in (i) urban and (ii) rural areas in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. (300290)

The available information relates to offences recorded by the police in England and Wales and is given in the table. Forces have been classified as urban or rural in accordance with ‘A Classification Of Residential Neighbourhoods’ (ACORN) guidance as used in Home Office Statistical Bulletin 01/02 entitled ‘Rural Crime in England and Wales’.

In addition to those forces classified as urban or rural, those forces classified as ‘middling’ have also been included in the table for completeness.

Offences recorded by the police in England and Wales—2006-07 to 2008-09

Number of offences

Violence against the person

Other offences

All offences

2006-07

Urban1

574,526

2,481,410

3,055,936

Rural2

153,137

618,554

771,691

Middling3

302,372

1,221,154

1,523,526

Total

1,030,035

4,321,118

5,351,153

2007-08

Urban1

523,243

2,260,520

2,783,763

Rural2

138,539

567,722

706,261

Middling3

283,792

1,109,482

1,393,274

Total

945,574

3,937,724

4,883,298

2008-09

Urban1

496,442

2,143,503

2,639,945

Rural2

128,751

541,891

670,642

Middling3

262,749

1,064,265

1,327,014

Total

887,942

3,749,659

4,637,601

1 Comprises the police force areas of Cheshire, City of London, Cleveland, Greater Manchester, Hertfordshire, Lancashire, Metropolitan Police, Merseyside, Northumbria, Nottinghamshire, South Wales, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Surrey, West Midlands, West Yorkshire.

2 Comprises the police force areas of Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Devon and Cornwall, Durham, Dyfed-Powys, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, North Wales, North Yorkshire, Suffolk, West Mercia and Wiltshire.

3 Comprises the police force areas of Avon and Somerset, Bedfordshire, Derbyshire, Dorset, Essex, Gwent, Hampshire, Humberside, Kent, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Sussex, Thames Valley, Warwickshire.