Sexual Offences: Police Cautions

Home Department written question – answered on 3rd November 2009.

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Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have received cautions for offences under section (a) 1 and (b) 5 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in each police force area in each of the last five years.

Photo of Claire Ward Claire Ward Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

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Information showing the number of offenders cautioned for offences under section 1 and 5 of the 2003 Sexual Offences Act in England and Wales, broken down by Police Force Area, from 1 May 2004 (the date the 2003 Sexual offences Act came into force) to 2007 (latest available) can be viewed in the following table.

Data for 2008 are planned for publication at the end of January 2010.

Number of offenders cautioned( 1) for offences under Sections 1 and 5 of the 2003 Sexual Offences Act, England and Wales, broken down by force( 2) , 2004( 3) to 2007( 4,5)
Force 2004( 3) 2005 2006 2007
Section 1
Cambridgeshire 2 - - -
Cleveland - - - 1
Essex 3 - - -
Greater Manchester 1 - - -
Hampshire - 1 1 3
Hertfordshire - - 1 -
Humberside - - 1 -
Lancashire 1 - - -
Lincolnshire 1 1 - -
Metropolitan Police 4 - 1 -
Norfolk 1 - - -
Northamptonshire - 1 - -
Northumbria - - - 1
Nottinghamshire 2 - 1 2
South Yorkshire 1 - 1 -
Staffordshire - - 1 1
Suffolk 2 1 - -
Surrey 2 1 - -
Sussex - - 2 -
Warwickshire - - - 1
West Mercia - - 1 -
West Yorkshire - 1 - -
England and Wales 20 6 10 9
Section 5
Bedfordshire - - 1 -
Cambridgeshire - - - 3
Cleveland - - 1 -
Gloucestershire - 3 1 -
Greater Manchester 2 1 - -
Hampshire - - 1 -
Hertfordshire - - 2 -
Humberside - 1 1 -
Kent - - - 4
Lincolnshire 2 2 - 2
Merseyside - - - 1
Metropolitan Police 2 4 - 1
Northumbria - - - 1
Nottinghamshire - - 3 2
South Yorkshire - - 1 5
Staffordshire - - - 2
Suffolk - 1 - 1
Surrey 3 - - -
Thames Valley 1 - - -
Warwickshire - - 1 2
West Midlands 1 4 - 1
Dyfed-Powys - - 1 -
Gwent - - 1 -
England and Wales 11 16 14 25
(1) From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and warnings. These figures have been included in the totals.

(2) A force not listed in the table means nil data.

(3) The Sexual Offences Act 2003 came into force on 1 May 2004-data in the table start from that date.

(4) The cautions statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence.

(5) 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 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.

Source:

Evidence and Analysis Unit-Office for Criminal Justice Reform

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