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Table A2: 10 most common offences proceeded against at the magistrates courts, by result at all courts, sex and age-group for England and Wales, 2006( 1, 2, 3)
Number of offences
Male
All persons Aged 10-17 Aged 18 and over
No. Offence description Total proceedings Total proceedings Total findings of guilt Fined Immediate custody Total proceedings Total findings of guilt Fined Immediate custody

1

Television licence evasion.

128,733

23

11

5

46,102

39,229

38,705

2

2

Motor vehicle licences; failure to pay appropriate duty.

114,039

76

37

26

93,048

82,393

81,577

3

Common assault & battery.

74,915

9,561

7,260

99

275

54,787

34,431

4,081

4,853

4

Stealing from shops & stalls.

64,401

5,950

5,324

352

146

42,615

39,050

7,447

9,071

5

Failing to surrender to bail.

47,780

3,213

1,451

352

29

37,621

22,438

10,941

2,664

6

Offences in relation to railways.

41,600

314

190

132

33,289

27,895

27,518

11

7

Criminal damage, value £5,000 or less.

38,632

9,705

7,558

278

30

25,163

19,893

5,124

1,000

8

Harassment, alarm & distress.

26,406

4,421

2,953

604

18,375

13,997

8,656

5

9

Assaults occasioning actual bodily harm.

25,747

3,715

2,627

16

363

18,730

11,733

428

3,599

10

Any other offences peculiar to stage carriages and public service vehicles not classified elsewhere(1).

24,159

35

16

15

16,005

13,957

13,815

Total

586,412

37,013

27,427

1,879

843

385,735

305,016

198,292

21,205



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Number of offences
Female
Aged 10-17 Aged 18 and over
No. Offence description Total proceedings Total findings of guilt Fined Immediate custody Total proceedings Total findings of guilt Fined Immediate custody

1

Television licence evasion.

20

9

7

82,588

75,098

74,183

2

Motor vehicle licences; failure to pay appropriate duty.

7

4

3

20,908

18,304

18,076

3

Common assault & battery.

3,415

2,624

20

58

7,152

4,586

447

304

4

Stealing from shops & stalls.

2,355

2,074

68

25

13,481

12,088

1,692

1,924

5

Failing to surrender to bail.

619

276

47

3

6,327

3,399

1,569

356

6

Offences in relation to railways.

45

31

20

7,945

6,639

6,537

1

7

Criminal damage, value £5,000 or less.

1,432

1,077

13

2

2,332

1,706

240

42

8

Harassment, alarm & distress.

1,098

781

95

1

2,512

1,805

880

9

Assaults occasioning actual bodily harm.

1,096

780

3

56

2,206

1,347

22

188

10

Any other offences peculiar to stage carriages and public service vehicles not classified elsewhere(1).

14

5

5

8,105

6,842

6,736

Total

10,101

7,661

281

145

153,556

131,814

110,382

2,815

(1) Includes offences under the Road Transport (International Passenger Services) Regulations 1984, sections 12, 24(2), 24(3), 25, 60, 66(a-e) of the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981, the Public Service Vehicles (Condition of fitness, equipment, use and certification) Regulations 1981 and the Public Service Vehicles (Lost property) Regulations 1978.
(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.

Table B1: 10 most common motoring offences proceeded against at the magistrates courts by result at all courts, sex and age-group for Essex police force area, 2005
Number of offences
Male
All persons Aged 10-17 Aged 18 and over
No. Offence description Total proceedings Total proceedings Total findings of guilt Fined Immediate custody Total proceedings Total findings of guilt Fined Immediate custody

1

Speed limit offences

11,393

31

26

26

8,823

7,742

7,651

2

Using motor vehicles uninsured against third party risks

7,031

432

372

141

5,847

4,480

3,199

3

Motor vehicle licence - failing to pay appropriate duty

4,818

3

2

3,882

3,409

3,348

4

Driving, or causing or permitting another person to drive other than in accordance with licence

4,351

377

316

47

3,413

2,447

993

5

Other vehicle registration offences (excluding fraud & forgery)(1)

3,606

15

12

2

2,926

2,371

2,282

6

Vehicle test offences

2,864

98

67

6

2,436

1,529

649

7

Driving with alcohol in the blood above the prescribed limit

2,279

35

34

2

1

1,952

1,820

1,207

194

8

Other offences of neglect of traffic directions(2)

1,534

36

25

5

1,150

1,021

949

9

Other miscellaneous motoring offences(3)

1,473

13

7

5

1,176

681

623

10

Careless driving - without due care and attention or reasonable consideration for others

1,429

65

53

25

1,142

895

796


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