Licensing Act 1964

Home Department written question – answered on 21st November 2005.

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Photo of Don Foster Don Foster Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent offences were committed in and around licensed premises in each police authority area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The available information is for 2002–03, 2003–04 and 2004–05 and is given in the table. Information for earlier years is not currently available.

These figures relate to violence recorded by the police rather than violence committed. Therefore they should not be taken as a complete illustration of the number of violent offences committed in connection with licensed premises.

For example, in certain areas where alcohol-related violence is particularly prevalent, local police are more likely to police city centres on Friday and Saturday nights thus recording more incidents of violent offences committed in connection with licensed premises. If football-related violence is a problem, the choice to send police officers to the match will undoubtedly lead to more violent crime being recorded than if they did not attend. There are other examples, such as the pro-active policing of antisocial behaviour which can increase recorded crime.

The number of violent offences committed in connection with licensed premises by force for 2002–03, 2003–04 and 2004–05
2002–03 2003–04 2004–05
Avon and Somerset 1,922 2,574 4,111
Bedfordshire 693 762 849
Cambridgeshire 584 750 753
Cheshire 504 806 890
Cleveland 588 1,615 1,699
Cumbria 488 600 995
Derbyshire (90) (90) (90)
Devon and Cornwall 2,960 3,580 3,380
Dorset 813 752 808
Durham (90) (90) (90)
Dyfed-Powys 584 816 869
Essex (90) 1,756 1,717
Gloucestershire 707 864 1,014
Greater Manchester (90) 1,620 1,309
Gwent 670 791 (90)
Hampshire 1,717 2,417 2,572
Hertfordshire 804 1,005 1,135
Humberside 821 1,007 944
Kent 551 813 879
Lancashire 2,653 3,910 4,365
Leicestershire 1,155 1,323 1,505
Lincolnshire (90) 607 119
London, City of 159 151 151
Merseyside (90) (90) 2,118
Metropolitan Police (90) (90) (90)
Norfolk 521 540 (90)
Northamptonshire 1,083 1,043 1,102
Northumbria 1,850 1,767 2,065
North Wales 963 967 (90)
North Yorkshire (90) 1,124 1,096
Nottinghamshire (90) (90) (90)
South Wales 3,140 2,895 1,769
South Yorkshire 1,624 1,581 2,175
Staffordshire 1,927 2,424 2,579
Suffolk 808 993 1,007
Surrey 562 794 912
Sussex (90) (90) (90)
Thames Valley 1,960 2,146 2,270
Warwickshire 839 932 961
West Mercia (90) 882 788
West Midlands 3,731 4,140 3,974
West Yorkshire 3,327 2,017 3,253
Wiltshire (90) 373 257

(90) Not available.

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