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Crime: Young People

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people aged between 13 and 19 years have been charged with a non-violent offence in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last five years. [262914]

Mr. Alan Campbell: Information provided by the Ministry of Justice on the number of persons aged 13 to 19 years proceeded against at magistrates courts for indictable offences in England and Wales, England, the North East region, and Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria police force areas (PFAs), from 2003 to 2007 (latest available) are provided in tables 1 to 4. Information for Northern Ireland and Scotland are matters for the Northern Ireland Office and the Scottish Executive respectively.

Charging data are not collected centrally and prosecutions data are therefore given in lieu.

Data are not available at parliamentary constituency level. Data are provided in table 4 broken down by those PFAs, comprising the North East region, in which the Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency is located.

For consistency with published information, data are given in the tables, by offence group, for persons proceeded against at magistrates courts for indictable offences.

Table 1: Number of persons aged 13 to 19 years proceeded against at magistrates courts for indictable offences in England and Wales, by offence group, 2003 to 2007( 1,2,3)
England and Wales 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

Violent offences

Violence against the person

20,274

18,869

18,649

18,548

17,955

Sexual offences

1,544

1,715

1,644

1,468

1,412

Robbery

7,289

7,254

7,602

8,387

8,849

Sub-total

29,107

27,838

27,895

28,403

28,216

Other indictable offences

Burglary

13,583

12,427

11,793

11,583

11,515

Theft and handling stolen goods

35,300

32,283

30,677

29,014

31,024

Fraud and forgery

2,955

2,599

2,232

1,870

1,897

Criminal damage

6,389

6,198

5,969

6,474

6,294

Drug offences

12,621

9,355

9,357

9,253

10,627

Other indictable offences

20,830

19,185

17,338

16,010

14,593

Indictable motoring offences

2,301

1,988

1,629

1,414

1,255

Sub-total

93,979

84,035

78,995

75,618

77,205

Total indictable

123,086

111,873

106,890

104,021

105,421

(1) These 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.
(2) 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.
(3) ‘Indictable’ includes ‘indictable only’ and ‘triable-either-way offences’. ‘Indictable only’ are the most serious breaches of the criminal law and must be dealt with at the Crown court. ‘Triable-either-way’ offences may be tried either at the Crown court or at magistrates courts.
Source:
Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit.


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Table 2: Number of persons aged 13 to 19 years proceeded against at magistrates courts for indictable offences in England, by offence group, 2003 to 2007( 1,2,3)
England 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

Violent offences

Violence against the person

18,828

17,428

17,341

17,352

16,788

Sexual offences

1,465

1,606

1,538

1,379

1,314

Robbery

7,122

7,082

7,425

8,220

8,623

Sub-total

27,415

26,116

26,304

26,951

26,725

Other indictable offences

Burglary

12,536

11,465

11,030

10,808

10,814

Theft and handling stolen goods

32,846

30,051

28,769

27,445

29,501

Fraud and forgery

2,805

2,435

2,115

1,785

1,812

Criminal damage

5,822

5,796

5,611

6,211

6,044

Drug offences

11,875

8,750

8,824

8,780

10,186

Other indictable offences

19,406

17,784

16,138

15,012

13,675

Indictable motoring offences

2,105

1,834

1,501

1,290

1,172

Sub-total

87,395

78,115

73,988

71,331

73,204

Total indictable

114,810

104,231

100,292

98,282

99,929

(1) These 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.
(2) 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.
(3) ‘Indictable’ includes ‘indictable only’ and ‘triable-either-way offences’. ‘Indictable only’ are the most serious breaches of the criminal law and must be dealt with at the Crown court. ‘Triable-either-way’ offences may be tried either at the Crown court or at magistrates courts.
Source:
Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit.


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Table 3: Number of persons aged 13 to 19 years proceeded against at magistrates courts for indictable offences in the North East region, by offence group, 2003 to 2007( 1,2,3)
North East region 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

Violent offences

Violence against the person

1,353

1,187

1,198

1,274

1,336

Sexual offences

82

104

107

109

94

Robbery

260

208

172

182

183

Sub-total

1,695

1,499

1,477

1,565

1,613

Other indictable offences

Burglary

989

725

698

715

746

Theft and handling stolen goods

2,581

2,171

2,000

1,985

2,308

Fraud and forgery

142

113

112

85

114

Criminal damage

305

226

179

214

347

Drug offences

1,010

649

691

646

680

Other indictable offences

1,461

1,226

1,173

1,135

1,133

Indictable motoring offences

162

137

110

101

85

Sub-total

6,650

5,247

4,963

4,881

5,413

Total indictable

8,345

6,746

6,440

6,446

7,026

(1) These 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.
(2) 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.
(3) ‘Indictable’ includes ‘indictable only’ and ‘triable-either-way offences’. ‘Indictable only’ are the most serious breaches of the criminal law and must be dealt with at the Crown court. ‘Triable-either-way’ offences may be tried either at the Crown court or at magistrates courts.
Source:
Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit.

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