Home Department written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) muggings and (b) snatch thefts of mobile telephones were recorded in (i) London and (ii) England and Wales in each year since 1998-99.

Photo of Alan Johnson Alan Johnson The Secretary of State for the Home Department

The information requested is not centrally available from the Home Office as muggings is a popular rather than legal term and aggregate returns from police forces are based on criminal offences. The aggregate returns also do not include details of items stolen.

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