Dangerous Dogs

Justice written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of David Morris David Morris Conservative, Morecambe and Lunesdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 following an attack on a health worker making a home visit there have been in each of the last three years.

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

Information held centrally by the Ministry of Justice on the Court Proceedings Database does not include the circumstances behind each case beyond the description provided in the statute. From proceedings at the magistrates courts for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, it is not possible to identify a victim's professional status or specific location at which an offence occurred. This detailed information may be held by the courts on individual case files which due to their size and complexity are not reported to Justice Statistics Analytical Services.

The number of defendants found guilty at all courts under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in England and Wales, from 2009 to 2011, can be viewed in the table as follows.

Number of defendants found guilty at all courts for offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, England and Wales, 2009 to 2011(1, 2)
  Number
2009 884
2010 1,237
2011 1,128
(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. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

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