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Metal Theft

Justice written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Graham Jones Graham Jones Opposition Assistant Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many scrap metal dealers convicted of offences under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 have been the subject of an order under section 4 of that Act in each year from 1990 to 2011;

(2) how many scrap metal dealers have been found guilty of an offence under section 1(8) of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 resulting in a fine in each year from 1990 to 2011;

(3) how many scrap metal dealers have been prosecuted under section 2 of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 in each year from 1990 to 2011; and how many such prosecutions resulted from a failure to comply with section 2(4) of that Act.

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

Data reported centrally for offences proceeded against under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 do not separately identify sections within the Act. Information is given in the table for the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts, found guilty, sentenced and fined at all courts under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964, in England and Wales, for the years 2000 to 2010 (latest available).

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

Defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts, found guilty and sentenced at all courts, by result, under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 (1) , England & Wales, 2000-10 (2,3)
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 (4) 2009 2010
Proceeded against 4 3 5 5 7 5 5 19 10 21
Found guilty 2 1 1 3 1 5 12 5 18
Sentenced 2 1 1 3 1 5 12 5 18
Fine 2 1 3 4 11 4 10
Conditional discharge 1 1 1 1 1 8
(1) Includes: Offences by dealers in scrap metal and similar goods and in marine stores. (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. (4) Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates' court for April, July and August 2008. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

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