Prosecutions for Burglary (Northamptonshire)

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 12th February 2013.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering 11:30 am, 12th February 2013

How many successful prosecutions were carried out by the Crown Prosecution Service for burglary in Northamptonshire in the latest year for which figures are available where the defendant had (a) previously been convicted for at least one other criminal offence and (b) no previous convictions.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Solicitor-General

Two-hundred and twenty-seven defendants were successfully prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service for burglary offences in Northamptonshire in 2011-12, at a conviction rate of 89%. No central records of a defendant’s previous convictions or non-convictions are maintained by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

I congratulate the Crown Prosecution Service in Northamptonshire on prosecuting 227 burglars. Burglary is an horrific crime, and I strongly suspect that most of those 227 had previous convictions of one sort of another. May I encourage the CPS to collect those data, so that we can head off more potential burglars in future?

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Solicitor-General

The Crown Prosecution Service is not the organisation that maintains the database of convictions, and that is unlikely to change. However, in the period 2009 to 2012, the number of defendants prosecuted for burglary offences increased by 6.4%, compared with the national fall in prosecutions of 8.9%, so he can be assured that burglary is being given proper attention.