Dangerous Dogs: Prosecutions

Justice written question – answered on 14th November 2011.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions have been brought under the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each of the last five years; and what the estimated cost to the public purse was of such prosecutions in each such year.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in England and Wales for the years 2006 to 2010 (latest available) can be viewed in the table.

Information on the estimated cost to the public purse for prosecutions on individual offences is not collated centrally.

Annual court proceedings data for 2011 are planned for publication in the spring of 2012.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, England and Wales 2006 - 10 (1,2)
  Proceeded against
2006 2007 2008 (3) 2009 2010
Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 1,077 1,193 1,247 1,254 1,705
(1) ( )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. (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. (3) ( )Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July and August 2008. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice

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