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Reoffenders

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders were charged with each category of violent offence whilst being supervised by the Probation Service in (a) Leeds, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) England and Wales in the last (i) six months, (ii) year and (iii) five years. [262297]

Mr. Hanson: The national offender management service holds information on the number of offenders charged with serious further (violent) offences whilst under probation supervision for the years 2006-07, 2007-08 and for the first six months of 2008-09. However, this does not include all types of violent offence and it is not broken down by town or city. To provide the full information requested would require manual checking of files, which could be undertaken only at disproportionate cost.

The following table contains data on the number of offenders who were charged with certain violent offences, where there was a requirement initially to notify the national offender management service, in line with the serious further offence probation circulars 06/2006 and 41/2006.

The offender management caseload statistics, which are published annually, include data on the number of offenders under probation supervision who are charged with serious further offences and whose cases proceed to review, as defined by the relevant probation circulars. Those data are updated to show outcomes, that is, convictions, acquittals, convictions for lesser offences and charges dropped.

The number of offenders convicted of a serious further offence is around 0.35 per cent. of the caseload of the probation service nationally.


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Table: Notifications of serious further offence (violent offence) charges received by national offender management service for 2006-07, 2007-08 and the first 6 months of 2008-09 (below)
2006-07 2007-08 1 April 2008-30 September 2008
Serious violent offence description West Yorkshire initial notifications England and Wales initial notifications West Yorkshire initial notifications England and Wales initial notifications West Yorkshire initial notifications England and Wales initial notifications

Aggravated burglary (section 10 of the Theft Act 1968)

1

26

1

75

Aggravated theft

75

5

59

Aggravated vehicle-taking involving an accident which caused the death of any person (Section 12A of the Theft Act 1968)

1

Arson (section 1 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971)

1

90

3

93

2

42

Attempt to cause explosion, or making or keeping explosive with intent to endanger life or property (section 3 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883)

1

Attempt to commit murder or a conspiracy to commit murder

1

47

3

62

1

21

Attempting to choke, suffocate or strangle in order to commit or assist in committing an indictable offence (section 21 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861)

1

Burglary with intent to- (a) inflict grievous bodily harm on a person or (b) do unlawful damage to a building or anything in it. (section 9 of the Theft Act 1968)

11

17

Carrying a firearm with criminal intent (section 18 of the Firearms Act 1968)

2

1

Causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable adult, also called 'familial homicide' (Section 5 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004)

Causing death by careless driving when under influence of drink or drugs (section 3A of the Road Traffic Act 1988)

1

2

2

Causing death by dangerous driving (section 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988)

14

8

1

6

Destroying or damaging property other than an offence of arson (section 1(2) of the Criminal Damage Act 1971)

1

False imprisonment

3

56

2

60

3

35

Kidnapping

5

65

4

76

1

39

Manslaughter

2

7

1

9

4

Murder

6

129

9

107

4

64

Other explosives offences

2

Other offences against the person

2

22

15

1

Other serious violent offence

1

92

2

65

5

Possession of firearm at time of committing or being arrested for offence specified in Schedule 1 to that Act (section 17(2) of the Firearms Act 1968)

5

10

Possession of firearm with intent to endanger life (section 16 of the Firearms Act 1968)

4

4

20

Robbery or assault with intent to rob (section 8 of the Theft Act 1968)

1

11

2

18

Soliciting murder (section 4 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861)

1

Use of firearm to resist arrest (section 17(1) of the Firearms Act 1968)

Serious firearms offences (SFO)

4

55

6

96

Wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (section 18 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861)

24

454

27

567

16

352

Total

49

1,110

63

1,280

35

715


Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders were charged with offences whilst being supervised by the Probation Service in (a) Leeds, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) England and Wales in the last (i) six months, (ii) year and (iii) five years. [262298]

Mr. Hanson: The number of offenders that were charged with offences whilst being supervised by the probation service is not available. This is because the extract of the police national computer held by the Ministry of Justice does not provide comprehensive coverage of charges. Data relating to the offending of
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offenders under probation supervision is based on proven reoffending—offences which have led to a conviction or a caution.

Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times handcuffs were used on children of each age, ethnicity and sex in each secure training centre in each month since January 2008. [261662]


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Mr. Hanson: Between January and December 2008 (the latest data available), handcuffs were used in secure training centres on eight occasions, as shown in the following table.

YJB guidance to all secure training centres (STCs) is that handcuffs should only be used in exceptional circumstances, as set out in the contracts.

Any use of handcuffs must be approved by the director of the establishment. In 2008, handcuffs were used on only eight occasions: that represents a reduction of over 80 per cent. since 2006.

2008

March Jun e Ju ly October December

Hassockfield

14, white, male

1

1

14, other, male

1

15, black, male

2

15, other, male

2

Oakhill

14, white, male

1

Source:
This information has been provided by the Youth Justice Board.

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