Wildlife: Crime

Home Department written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful wildlife protection prosecutions were launched in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by police authority area.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Protection of Badgers Act 1992, Deer Act 1991, Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulation 1997, and the Conservation of Seals Act 1970, by Police Force Area, in England and Wales for the year 2006 can be viewed in the following table.

Court proceedings data for 2007 will be available in the autumn of 2008.

These data are on the principal offence basis. 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, the offence selected is the one 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.

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts and found guilty at all courts for certain wildlife protection offences, by Police Force Area, in England and Wales for the year 2006( 1, 2, 3)
Force Proceeded against Found guilty
Avon and Somerset 1
Bedfordshire 2 2
Cambridgeshire 1 1
Cheshire 2 1
Cleveland
Cumbria
Derbyshire
Devon and Cornwall 14 7
Dorset 2
Durham 1 1
Essex 7 3
Gloucestershire 1 1
Greater Manchester
Hampshire 1
Hertfordshire 3 3
Humberside
Kent 1 1
Lancashire 1
Leicestershire 3
Lincolnshire 5 3
Merseyside 2 2
Metropolitan Police 66 54
Norfolk 5 7
North Yorkshire 9 1
Northamptonshire 3
Northumbria 6 4
Nottinghamshire 5 1
South Yorkshire 1
Staffordshire 4 2
Suffolk
Surrey 1 1
Sussex 2
Thames Valley 1 1
Warwickshire
West Mercia 13 9
West Midlands 22 21
West Yorkshire 1 1
Wiltshire
Dyfed-Powys
Gwent
North Wales 4 3
South Wales
England and Wales 190 130
(1) These data are on the principal offence basis. (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) Includes the following Statutes: Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 Protection of Badgers Act 1992 Deer Act 1991 Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulation 1997 Conservation of Seals Act 1970 Source: Court proceedings data held by RDS - Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

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