Home Department written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) offences and (b) violent offences were committed between 3 am and 6 am in each year since 1997.

Photo of Alan Campbell Alan Campbell Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

The information requested cannot be provided as data on the time offences were committed are not routinely reported to the Home Office.

However, there is a Home Office online report on crime trends since the introduction of the Licensing Act 2003 that was based on a special data collection between October 2004 and November 2006. This indicates that there is some increase in the more serious violent crimes between the hours of 3 am and 6 am but that these accounted for only a very small proportion of a declining total.

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