Convictions

Justice written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Home Affairs, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice & Lord Chancellor, Ministry of Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people convicted in each of the last 10 years had never previously been convicted, broken down by police force area.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Parliamentary Secretary (Government Equalities office) (also in the Ministry of Justice), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The following table shows figures taken from the Ministry of Justice's extract from the Police National Computer (PNC). It shows the number of people convicted of indictable offences in each year since 2000 who at the time of their conviction had no previous convictions recorded on the PNC. The table covers offences prosecuted by police forces in England and Wales; offences prosecuted by other authorities are not included.

These figures have been derived from the police's administrative I.T. system, which, as with any large scale recording system, is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Offenders with no previous convictions convicted for indictable offences by police force, 2000-07
number of offenders
Police Force 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Avon and Somerset 1,401 1,270 1,207 1,260 1,159 1,265 1,231 1,283
Bedfordshire 668 590 487 579 601 608 750 604
Cambridgeshire 618 684 718 702 796 951 814 842
Cheshire 1,327 1,166 1,027 909 789 935 1,011 999
City of London 171 171 180 231 256 229 237 297
Cleveland 774 662 597 735 669 609 673 729
Cumbria 553 536 499 528 580 644 578 615
Derbyshire 1,127 1,039 1,082 1,047 1,059 1,137 900 990
Devon and Cornwall 1,282 1,287 1,395 1,304 1,351 1,314 1,166 1,159
Dorset 658 642 616 629 608 610 655 666
Durham 760 736 717 627 681 796 749 710
Dyfed-Powys 607 526 544 551 435 504 446 468
Essex 1,506 1,481 1,403 1,362 1,691 1,752 1,659 1,645
Gloucestershire 535 570 435 423 433 498 487 540
Greater Manchester 3,756 3,601 3,715 3,735 4,102 4,086 3,813 3,693
Gwent 946 880 871 772 693 513 566 563
Hampshire 1,960 1,969 1,845 1,884 1,925 1,804 1,641 1,803
Hertfordshire 942 941 971 1,002 1,105 1,200 1,030 1,061
Humberside 1,150 1,114 1,156 1237 1,099 925 944 978
Kent 1,947 1,793 1,710 1,863 1,577 1,432 1,398 1,528
Lancashire 1,713 1,659 1,648 1,492 1,329 1,320 1,541 1,974
Leicestershire 1,220 1254 1,192 1,233 1,264 1,164 976 1,013
Lincolnshire 542 589 555 553 628 643 583 557
Merseyside 1847 1,748 1,883 1,964 1,867 1,702 1,676 1,966
Metropolitan Police 1,1678 11,965 13,134 12,480 11,750 11,486 11,823 12,578
Norfolk 829 785 745 773 642 693 799 782
North Wales 895 748 676, 744 787 784 849 798
North Yorkshire 850 743 749 786 754 912 787 820
Northamptonshire 677 570 517 568 626 625 548 715
Northumbria 2,115 2,102 2,021 1,903 1,742 1,618 1,650 1,572
Nottinghamshire 1,605 1,523 1,337 1,324 1,230 1,283 1,166 1,129
South Wales 1,925 2,062 1,957 1,804 1,738 1,539 1,266 1,280
South Yorkshire 1,841 1,743 1,684 1,666 1,430 1,494 1,408 1,485
Staffordshire 1,177 1,110 1,194 1,044 1,120 1,127 985 1,009
Suffolk 706 646 618 782 769 751 697 625
Surrey 565 634 562 565 557 579 602 715
Sussex 1,309 1,365 1,325 1,282 1,359 1,339 1,499 1,620
ThamesValley 1,809 1,952 1,846 1,730 1,576 2,027 2,003 1,991
Warwickshire 454 392 362 343 377 390 450 405
West Mercia 1,045 1,076 1,036 1,031 1,033 1,123 1,082 1,035
West Midlands 4,745 5106 4,924 4,581 4,152 3,401 3,773 3,779
West Yorkshire 2,777 2,454 2,463 2,496 2,649 2,340 2,115 2,162
Wiltshire 690 672 542 555 517 634 600 429
England and Wales 65,702 64,556 64,145 63,079 61,505 60,786 59,626 61,612

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