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Drugs: Children

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children under the age of 16 years have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of drug-related offences in each district command unit in each of the last five years. [194751]

Paul Goggins: The information requested is set out in the following tables. Prior to 2006-07, the PSNI did not provide separate figures for the number charged and prosecuted.

Table 1 (a): Persons charged or summonsed for drug-related offences under the age of 16, 2002-03 to 2006-07
2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

Antrim

2

0

3

1

1

Ards

0

1

2

0

2

East Belfast

3

10

3

2

1

North Belfast

3

1

3

2

1

South Belfast

2

2

8

5

5

West Belfast

3

0

3

2

5

Carrickfergus

0

0

1

0

2

Castlereagh

0

0

0

1

0

Larne

1

1

0

1

0

Lisburn

3

1

5

3

5

Newtownabbey

0

0

0

2

0

North Down

2

2

4

2

4

Urban

19

18

32

21

26

Armagh

1

2

5

0

0

Banbridge

0

0

0

0

0

Ballymena

2

3

4

1

1

Ballymoney

0

0

1

0

0

Coleraine

4

3

1

2

2

Cookstown

0

0

3

1

1

Craigavon

1

1

1

6

8

Dungannon and S Tyrone

2

0

1

1

0

Down

0

4

2

1

2

Fermanagh

0

0

0

5

1

Foyle

2

2

1

1

0

Limavady

0

2

3

0

5

Magherafelt

0

0

0

0

0

Moyle

0

0

0

0

0

Newry and Mourne

2

1

1

2

1

Omagh

0

0

1

1

0

Strabane

0

0

0

0

0

Rural

14

18

24

21

21

Northern Ireland total

33

36

56

42

47



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Table 1 (b): Breakdown of persons charged or summonsed for drug-related offences under the age of 16, 2006-07
Charged Summonsed Total

Antrim

0

1

1

Ards

0

2

2

East Belfast

0

1

1

North Belfast

0

1

1

South Belfast

1

4

5

West Belfast

1

4

5

Carrickfergus

0

2

2

Castlereagh

0

0

0

Larne

0

0

0

Lisburn

0

5

5

Newtownabbey

0

0

0

North Down

0

4

4

Urban

2

24

26

Armagh

0

0

0

Banbridge

0

0

0

Ballymena

0

1

1

Ballymoney

0

0

0

Coleraine

0

2

2

Cookstown

0

1

1

Craigavon

2

6

8

Dungannon and S Tyrone

0

0

0

Down

0

2

2

Fermanagh

0

1

1

Foyle

0

0

0

Limavady

2

3

5

Magherafelt

0

0

0

Moyle

0

0

0

Newry and Mourne

0

1

1

Omagh

0

0

0

Strabane

0

0

0

Rural

4

17

21

Northern Ireland total

6

41

47

Source:
Central Statistics Unit, Police Service of Northern Ireland.

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