Dangerous Dogs Act 1991: North West

Justice written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell Liberal Democrat, Hazel Grove

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions were brought and (b) convictions were secured for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each local authority area in the North West in (i) 2008 and (ii) 2009.

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

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, in the North West Government office region, by police force area, in 2008 (latest available) is shown in the following table.

Court proceedings data are not available at local authority area level.

Court data for 2009 are planned for publication in autumn 2010.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in the North West Government office region, by police force area, 2008( 1, 2)
Police force area Proceeded against Found guilty
Cheshire 19 14
Cumbria 16 10
Greater Manchester 46 34
Lancashire 40 28
Merseyside 51 43
Total North West region 172 129
(1) The statistics 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, the principal offence 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.

(2) 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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