Crimes of Violence

Home Department written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alleged instances of grievous bodily harm were reported to police forces in England and Wales in each year since 2009; and how many such allegations were classified as no crimes.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Home Department

holding answer 9 September 2013

Information on the number of alleged incidents is not available centrally. The available information relates to offences initially recorded by the police and subsequently "no crimed" and the available information is given in the table.

Data for 2012-13 are not comparable with earlier years as grievous bodily harm (GBH) offences were moved into new offence classifications as part of the ONS classification changes. Data provided show the number of crimes recorded by the police for GBH both with and without intent up to 2012-13 and then the broader categories of ‘assault with injury’ and ‘assault with intent to cause serious harm’ which GBH with and without intent now fall into.

Number of GBH/assault with intent to cause serious harm offences initially recorded as crimes and subsequently no-crimed, 2009-10 to 2012-13—England and Wales
  Offences initially recorded by the police as crimes Offences deemed to be ‘no crimes’
2009-10 41,023 1,522
2010-11 36,146 1,357
2011-12 33,415 1,060
Assault with intent to cause serious harm(2)    
2012-13 17,473 467
Assault with injury(2)    
2012-13 298,966 8,007
(1) Offences of GBH with and without intent. (2) With effect from 2012-13, GBH with intent was moved into a new classification of ‘Assault with intent to cause serious harm’. Also with effect from 2012-13, GBH without intent was moved into a new offence classification of ‘Assault with injury’ and such offences cannot be separately identified from other offences recorded in that classification. Source: Police recorded crime, Home Office

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