Sexual Offences: East of England
Justice

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David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of convictions for (a) rape and (b) other sexual offences in (i) Suffolk, (ii) Bedfordshire, (iii) Cambridgeshire, (iv) Essex, (v) Hertfordshire, (vi) Norfolk and (vii) England resulted in custodial sentences in each of the last three years.

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Jeremy Wright (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice; Kenilworth and Southam, Conservative)

Defendants found guilty and sentenced at all courts and the proportion for rape and other sexual offences, by police force area in England from 2009 to 2011 can be viewed in the tables.

Defendants found guilty and sentenced at all courts for rape(1) and other sexual offences(2), by police force area, England, 2009 to 2011(3, 4, 5)
  2009 2010
  Found guilty Immediate custody Sentenced Percentage custody Found guilty Immediate custody Sentenced Percentage custody
Suffolk                
Rape 7 6 7 86 10 9 10 90
Other sexual offences 57 27 56 48 62 27 63 43
                 
Bedfordshire                
Rape 8 8 8 100 13 11 13 85
Other sexual offences 29 12 31 39 29 17 30 57
                 
Cambridgeshire                
Rape 17 16 17 94 16 12 16 75
Other sexual offences 78 33 81 41 72 40 72 56
                 
Essex                
Rape 19 19 19 100 26 24 26 92
Other sexual offences 66 32 67 48 82 46 83 55
                 
Hertfordshire                
Rape 10 8 10 80 10 10 10 100
Other sexual offences 54 18 52 35 64 29 64 45
                 
Norfolk                
Rape 16 15 16 94 7 6 7 86
Other sexual offences 66 36 66 55 75 39 75 52
                 
England                
Rape 869 819 871 94 922 860 922 93
Other sexual offences 3,550 1,785 3,537 50 4,084 1,972 4,068 48
  2011
  Found guilty Immediate custody Sentenced Percentage custody
Suffolk        
Rape 14 14 14 100
Other sexual offences 49 25 49 51
         
Bedfordshire        
Rape 5 5 5 100
Other sexual offences 39 17 39 44
         
Cambridgeshire        
Rape 13 13 13 100
Other sexual offences 70 35 68 51
         
Essex        
Rape 27 26 27 96
Other sexual offences 92 42 90 47
         
Hertfordshire        
Rape 10 10 10 100
Other sexual offences 65 24 65 37
         
Norfolk        
Rape 16 16 16 100
Other sexual offences 74 39 73 53
         
England        
Rape 1,019 970 1,019 95
Other sexual offences 4,195 2,033 4,181 49
(1 )Rape includes: Sexual Offences Act 2003, s1 and s5 (2 )Other sexual offences includes: Sexual Offences Act 2003, s6, s3, s7, s8, s9, s10, s11, s12, ss9, ss10, ss12, s4, ss11, s25, s26, s64, s65, s26, s52, s53, s33a, s30, s31, s32, s33, s34, s35, s36, s37, s38, s39, s40, s41, s14, s47, s48, s49, s50, s57, s58, s59, s16, s17, s15, s19, s18, s69, s61, s62, s63, s66, s67. Sexual Offences Act 1956, s70, s12, s16 Indecency with Children Act 1960, s1 (3 )The figures given in the table on court proceedings 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 it 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. (4 )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. (5 )The number of offenders sentenced can differ from those found guilty as it may be the case that a defendant found guilty in a particular year, and committed for sentence at the Crown court, may be sentenced in the following year. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

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