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Police

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 July 2006, Official Report, columns 135-6W, on police; how many assaults per head of population there were on (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers in each constabulary in 2004-05; what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the increase in the number of assaults on police officers since 2001; and if he will make a statement. [91218]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 18 September 2006]: Assaults on police community support officers are not identified separately by the Home Office in the recorded crime data. They are recorded under the more general category of common assault if no injury results. If injury is involved they are recorded under the appropriate section of the Offences against the Person Act 1861.

Statistics of assaults on a constable and common assault (no injury) per 100,000 population by police force area for 2004-05 are given in the table.

Changes in the counting rules and recording practices have affected the numbers of assaults on a constable recorded by the police. From 2002-03 assaults resulting in injury were recorded under the relevant section of the Offences against the Person Act 1861. At the same time the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) was introduced. The net effect saw an increase in assaults on a constable in 2002-03. Further changes in the counting rules occurred in 2003-04. Two offences not involving violence were
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removed from the coverage of assault on a constable. This reduced the number recorded for this particular offence. Numbers since have remained fairly steady with a small increase in 2004-05 and a similar decrease in 2005-06.

Recorded offences of assault on a constable and common assault per 100,000 population by police force area—2004-05
(104) Assault on a constable per 100,000 population (105A+105B) Common assault per 100,000 population

Avon & Somerset

48

500

Bedfordshire

57

265

Cambridgeshire

49

443

Cheshire

31

690

Cleveland

50

411

Cumbria

44

344

Derbyshire

13

130

Devon & Cornwall

26

466

Dorset

60

296

Durham

47

371

Dyfed-Powys

51

330

Essex

40

191

Gloucestershire

43

343

Greater Manchester

42

244

Gwent

50

201

Hampshire

56

550

Hertfordshire

57

341

Humberside

50

507

Kent

43

328

Lancashire

61

484

Leicestershire

52

492

Lincolnshire

27

290

London, City of

**

**

Merseyside

57

370

Metropolitan Police((1))

47

901

Norfolk

56

426

Northamptonshire

51

330

Northumbria

41

166

North Wales

35

331

North Yorkshire

45

238

Nottinghamshire

57

241

South Wales

58

176

South Yorkshire

38

706

Staffordshire

62

398

Suffolk

59

278

Surrey

47

200

Sussex

46

349

Thames Valley

39

318

Warwickshire

46

262

West Mercia

32

242

West Midlands

14

126

West Yorkshire

40

231

Wiltshire

40

73

Total

44

411

((1)) Includes City of London


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Recorded offences of assault on a constable per 100,000 population by police force area—2005-06
Police force area Assault on a constable per 100,000 population

Avon & Somerset

56

Bedfordshire

50

Cambridgeshire

58

Cheshire

36

Cleveland

52

Cumbria

44

Derbyshire

13

Devon & Cornwall

20

Dorset

42

Durham

51

Dyfed-Powys

42

Essex

41

Gloucestershire

52

Greater Manchester

45

Gwent

43

Hampshire

51

Hertfordshire

60

Humberside

50

Kent

44

Lancashire

53

Leicestershire

49

Lincolnshire

29

London, City of

**

Merseyside

50

Metropolitan Police((1))

41

Norfolk

49

Northamptonshire

42

Northumbria

44

North Wales

28

North Yorkshire

55

Nottinghamshire

31

South Wales

40

South Yorkshire

33

Staffordshire

60

Suffolk

48

Surrey

45

Sussex

52

Thames Valley

41

Warwickshire

49

West Mercia

25

West Midlands

13

West Yorkshire

39

Wiltshire

22

Total

41

((1)) Includes City of London

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average band D police precept was in (a) England and (b) England and Wales in each year since 1997-98. [89795]

Mr. McNulty: The information is set out in the following table.


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Average police precept (Band D) 1997-98 to 2006-07
£
England England and Wales

1997-98

55.09

54.74

1998-99

59.32

59.19

1999-2000

64.26

64.36

2000-01

69.01

69.64

2001-02

77.80

78.24

2002-03

89.52

89.77

2003-04

112.16

112.36

2004-05

125.91

126.33

2005-06

132.62

132.95

2006-07

139.97

140.28

Note: England figures exclude the City of London. Source: Department for Communities and Local Government; and National Assembly for Wales

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