Racially Aggravated Offences: Lancashire

Justice written question – answered on 9th July 2014.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour, Preston

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for each type of racially-aggravated offence under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 were prosecuted at each magistrates' and crown court in Lancashire in 2013.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates court and found guilty at all courts in Lancashire police force area, for racially and religiously aggravated offences under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 for 2013 (latest available) can be viewed in the following table.

The custody rate has increased since 2010 for racially and religiously aggravated offences in both the magistrates court and at the crown court.

The description of the offences within the statute is “racially or religiously” aggravated and we are unable to disaggregate between the two. The specific circumstances of each case cannot be identified from centrally collected statistics unless specified in statute.

Defendants proceeded against at magistrates' court and found guilty at all courts in Lancashire police force area, for racially and religiously aggravated offences under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, 20131, 2
Court type Offence Year Proceeded against Found guilty
Magistrates' court Racially/religiously aggravated offences3 2013 227 156
Crown court Racially/religiously aggravated offences3 2013 11
“__” - Nil 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 Offences used 29(1)(a) Racially or religiously aggravated malicious wounding or grievous bodily harm 29(1)(b) Racially or religiously aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm 29(1)(c) Racially or religiously aggravated common assault/beating 31(1)(b) Racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment alarm or distress—words/writing 31(1)(c) Racially or religiously aggravated harassment alarm or distress 32(1)(a) Racially or religiously aggravated fear or provocation of violence) 30(1) and (2) Racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice

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