HC Deb 21 July 1981 vol 9 c69W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the numbers of known attacks made upon persons in the Metropolitan Police area in each of the last five years; and to what extent these can be attributed to stated ethnic groups.

Mr. Mayhew

I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that the available information is as given in the following table. It will be seen that the ethnic appearance of attackers was identified in only about 70 per cent. of the offences recorded. The—unrecorded—composition by ethnic appearance of attackers for the "not known" offences could differ substantially from year to year and the numbers involved could be large enough to invalidate conclusions based solely on the offences for which the ethnic appearance of attackers was recorded.

Offences of assault, robbery and other violent theft recorded by the

police, by ethnic appearance of attacker*

Metropolitan Police District, Number of Offences
Ethnic appearance of attackers*
Year White Coloured Mixed gang Not known Total
1976 22,742
1977 8,260 8,533 769 8,231 25,793
1978 8,962 8,328 1,278 8,339 26,907
1979 9,818 8,315 1,073 8,855 28,061
1980 10,687 9,473 1,309 8,654 30,123
* Where no arrest is made the classification is based on the assessment of the victim or witnesses.
†not available.