Crimes of Violence: Older People

Justice written question – answered on 14th January 2010.

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Photo of Paul Holmes Paul Holmes Liberal Democrat, Chesterfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people of each sex aged 65 and above have been convicted of each offence involving violence against the person in each police force area in each year since 1997.

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

The number of defendants aged 65 and over who were found guilty at all courts for violence against the person, by police force area 1997 to 2007 (latest available) is shown in the following table .

Data for 2008 are planned for publication on 28 January 2010.

Number of persons aged 65 and over found guilty at all courts for violence against the person( 1) , England and Wales 1997 to 2007( 2, 3)
1997 1998 1999
Police force area Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Avon and Somerset 2 1 3 - - - 1 - 1
Bedfordshire 2 - 2 - - - 1 - 1
Cambridgeshire 3 - 3 1 - 1 1 - 1
Cheshire 1 - 1 - 1 1 2 - 2
City of London - - - - - - 1 - 1
Cleveland - - - - - - 1 - 1
Cumbria 4 - 4 3 - 3 1 - 1
Derbyshire 1 - 1 - - - 2 - 2
Devon and Cornwall 1 - 1 1 - 1 2 - 2
Dorset - - - 1 - 1 1 - 1
Durham 1 - 1 - - - - - -
Essex 2 - 2 2 - 2 2 - 2
Gloucestershire 3 - 3 2 - 2 1 - 1
Greater Manchester 6 - 6 6 2 8 9 - 9
Hampshire 2 1 3 3 - 3 2 - 2
Hertfordshire - - - - - - 6 - 6
Humberside 2 - 2 4 - 4 1 - 1
Kent - - - 1 - 1 4 - 4
Lancashire 1 - 1 6 - 6 2 - 2
Leicestershire - - - 2 - 2 3 - 3
Lincolnshire 3 - 3 2 - 2 1 - 1
Merseyside 2 1 3 2 - 2 5 - 5
Metropolitan Police 17 - 17 13 2 15 28 1 29
Norfolk 2 - 2 2 - 2 - - -
North Yorkshire - - - 1 - 1 1 1 2
Northamptonshire - - - 2 - 2 - - -
Northumbria 4 - 4 3 - 3 2 - 2
Nottinghamshire 2 1 3 4 1 5 1 1 2
South Yorkshire 4 - 4 - 1 1 3 - 3
Staffordshire 1 - 1 2 - 2 4 - 4
Suffolk - 1 1 1 1 2 2 - 2
Surrey - - - 1 - 1 1 - 1
Sussex 2 1 3 2 1 3 6 - 6
Thames Valley 3 - 3 4 - 4 - - -
Warwickshire - - - 1 - 1 - - -
West Mercia 5 - 5 4 - 4 1 1 2
West Midlands 9 - 9 6 - 6 5 - 5
West Yorkshire 3 - 3 2 - 2 2 - 2
Wiltshire - - - - - - 1 - 1
Dyfed-Powys 1 - 1 2 - 2 1 - 1
Gwent 1 - 1 1 - 1 1 - 1
North Wales - - - 1 - 1 3 - 3
South Wales 5 - 5 3 - 3 3 1 4
England and Wales 95 6 101 91 9 100 114 5 119
2000 2001 2002
Police force area Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Avon and Somerset - - - 5 - 5 2 - 2
Bedfordshire 1 - 1 - 1 1 3 - 3
Cambridgeshire - - - 2 - 2 - - -
Cheshire 2 1 3 1 - 1 1 1 2
City of London - - - - - - 1 - 1
Cleveland - - - 1 - 1 3 - 3
Cumbria 1 - 1 1 - 1 1 1 2
Derbyshire - - - - - - 3 - 3
Devon and Cornwall 4 1 5 2 - 2 5 1 6
Dorset 1 - 1 1 1 2 2 - 2
Durham - - - 1 - 1 2 - 2
Essex 2 1 3 2 - 2 - 2 2
Gloucestershire 1 - 1 1 - 1 1 - 1
Greater Manchester 6 1 7 5 1 6 7 - 7
Hampshire 4 1 5 3 - 3 5 1 6
Hertfordshire 1 - 1 2 - 2 3 - 3
Humberside - - - 3 - 3 1 - 1
Kent 2 - 2 2 - 2 2 - 2
Lancashire 7 - 7 6 - 6 3 - 3
Leicestershire 1 - 1 1 1 2 2 - 2
Lincolnshire 2 - 2 1 - 1 2 - 2
Merseyside 1 - 1 3 - 3 6 - 6
Metropolitan Police 27 3 30 21 - 21 26 3 29
Norfolk - 1 1 1 - 1 1 - 1
North Yorkshire 4 1 5 1 - 1 - - -
Northamptonshire 1 - 1 1 - 1 1 - 1
Northumbria 6 1 7 2 2 4 2 - 2
Nottinghamshire 2 1 3 2 - 2 1 1 2
South Yorkshire 3 - 3 2 - 2 2 - 2
Staffordshire 1 - 1 - - - - - -
Suffolk - - - - - - 1 - 1
Surrey 2 - 2 - - - - 1 1
Sussex 4 - 4 2 - 2 1 1 2
Thames Valley 3 1 4 1 - 1 2 - 2
Warwickshire 1 - 1 1 - 1 1 - 1
West Mercia 7 - 7 3 1 4 - - -
West Midlands 6 - 6 5 - 5 11 - 11
West Yorkshire 5 - 5 3 1 4 4 - 4
Wiltshire - 1 1 1 - 1 - - -
Dyfed-Powys 3 - 3 1 - 1 2 - 2
Gwent 1 - 1 2 1 3 3 - 3
North Wales 1 - 1 1 - 1 2 - 2
South Wales 6 1 7 6 - 6 7 - 7
England and Wales 119 15 134 99 9 108 122 12 134
2003 2004 2005
Police force area Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Avon and Somerset 2 - 2 2 1 3 5 - 5
Bedfordshire 7 - 7 1 - 1 3 - 3
Cambridgeshire 5 - 5 5 - 5 1 - 1
Cheshire 1 1 2 2 - 2 1 - 1
City of London - - - - - - - - -
Cleveland 1 - 1 4 - 4 1 - 1
Cumbria 1 1 2 - - - 2 - 2
Derbyshire 1 - 1 - - - 1 - 1
Devon and Cornwall 4 2 6 3 2 5 4 - 4
Dorset - - - 4 - 4 - - -
Durham 1 - 1 4 1 5 - - -
Essex - 2 2 3 - 3 4 2 6
Gloucestershire - - - - - - 7 - 7
Greater Manchester 7 - 7 8 1 9 6 - 6
Hampshire 2 1 3 6 - 6 12 - 12
Hertfordshire 2 - 2 - 1 1 1 1 2
Humberside 5 1 6 3 - 3 2 2 4
Kent 8 - 8 2 - 2 2 - 2
Lancashire 4 1 5 3 1 4 5 1 6
Leicestershire 4 - 4 4 1 5 6 1 7
Lincolnshire 1 1 2 - - - 2 - 2
Merseyside 6 - 6 7 - 7 2 - 2
Metropolitan Police 20 1 21 26 4 30 21 4 25
Norfolk 2 - 2 3 1 4 2 - 2
North Yorkshire 1 1 2 2 - 2 - - -
Northamptonshire 1 - 1 1 - 1 - - -
Northumbria 2 - 2 3 1 4 2 1 3
Nottinghamshire 1 - 1 - - - 3 1 4
South Yorkshire 2 - 2 - - - 4 - 4
Staffordshire 1 - 1 2 1 3 2 - 2
Suffolk 3 - 3 3 1 4 1 - 1
Surrey 3 1 4 - - - 1 - 1
Sussex 5 1 6 6 1 7 3 - 3
Thames Valley 3 - 3 3 - 3 6 - 6
Warwickshire 1 - 1 2 - 2 1 - 1
West Mercia - 1 1 3 1 4 6 - 6
West Midlands 11 - 11 14 1 15 10 - 10
West Yorkshire 3 - 3 7 2 9 4 - 4
Wiltshire - - - - - - 1 - 1
Dyfed-Powys 1 - 1 1 - 1 3 - 3
Gwent - - - - 2 2 1 - 1
North Wales 3 - 3 2 1 3 2 - 2
South Wales 4 - 4 6 1 7 3 - 3
England and Wales 129 15 144 145 25 170 143 13 156
2006 2007
Police force area Males Females Total Males Females Total
Avon and Somerset 2 - 2 1 - 1
Bedfordshire 2 - 2 - - -
Cambridgeshire 2 - 2 1 - 1
Cheshire 1 - 1 2 - 2
City of London - - - - - -
Cleveland 4 - 4 - 1 1
Cumbria 3 - 3 - - -
Derbyshire 3 - 3 5 - 5
Devon and Cornwall 6 - 6 11 1 12
Dorset 2 - 2 4 - 4
Durham 1 - 1 3 - 3
Essex 2 1 3 4 - 4
Gloucestershire 4 - 4 - - -
Greater Manchester 11 3 14 2 2 4
Hampshire 10 1 11 5 3 8
Hertfordshire 1 - 1 1 - 1
Humberside 3 1 4 1 2 3
Kent 2 - 2 1 - 1
Lancashire 1 1 2 7 - 7
Leicestershire 1 - 1 4 - 4
Lincolnshire 2 - 2 2 - 2
Merseyside 4 1 5 3 1 4
Metropolitan Police 25 5 30 32 3 35
Norfolk 2 - 2 2 - 2
North Yorkshire 3 1 4 4 1 5
Northamptonshire - - - - - -
Northumbria 4 - 4 5 - 5
Nottinghamshire 4 - 4 3 - 3
South Yorkshire 4 - 4 - 1 1
Staffordshire - - - 4 - 4
Suffolk 2 - 2 1 - 1
Surrey - - - 4 1 5
Sussex 8 - 8 5 1 6
Thames Valley 3 - 3 5 - 5
Warwickshire 4 - 4 2 - 2
West Mercia 3 1 4 5 - 5
West Midlands 15 3 18 18 2 20
West Yorkshire 8 - 8 7 1 8
Wiltshire 5 - 5 1 - 1
Dyfed-Powys 3 1 4 1 - 1
Gwent 3 1 4 1 1 2
North Wales 1 1 2 3 1 4
South Wales 1 - 1 1 - 1
England and Wales 165 21 186 161 22 183
(1) Violence against the person includes: Murder, Attempted murder. Threat or conspiracy to murder, manslaughter, causing death by aggravated vehicle taking, wounding or other act endangering life, endangering railway passenger, endangering life at sea, other wounding, cruelty to or neglect of children, abandoning children under two years, child abduction, procuring illegal abortion, concealment of birth.

(2) 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 it is the offence 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.

(3) 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.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services-Ministry of Justice.

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