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Offences Against the Person Act 1861

Justice written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions were made under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 where a dog was used as a weapon in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice Court Proceedings Database holds information on defendants proceeded against, found guilty and sentenced for criminal offences in England and Wales. This database holds information on offences provided by the statutes under which proceedings are brought but not the specific circumstances of each case. It is not possible to identify from this centrally held information whether a dog was used as a weapon under Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

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