HC Deb 12 May 1989 vol 152 cc560-1W
Ms. Gordon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested by the police in the United Kingdom in 1988; how many of those arrested were cautioned and how many were charged, and if he will provide a breakdown by police force area.

Mr. John Patten

The available information on arrests is given in the table. Numbers of persons who were cautioned and numbers prosecuted in each police force area for indictable offences are published annually in "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales", supplementary tables: latest figures are for 1987 (table S3.7(a) for cautions and table S3.3(a) for prosecutions). The coverage of figures on arrests is wider than that of indictable offences, so arrests are not directly related to cautions or prosecutions. An arrest may not result in the arrested person being cautioned or prosecuted.

England and Wales 1987
Police force area Arrests1
Avon and Somerset 36,290
Bedfordshire 15,694
Cambridgeshire 17,239
Cheshire 23,310
Cleveland 24,670
Cumbria 14,591
Derbyshire 20,126
Devon and Cornwall 27,704
Dorset 13,478
Durham 21,762
Essex 35,140
Gloucestershire 12,428
Greater Manchester 109,963

Police force area Arrests1
Hampshire 52,052
Hertfordshire 20,538
Humberside 35,106
Kent 46,808
Lancashire 47,881
Leicestershire 20,945
Lincolnshire 17,282
London City of 3,702
Merseyside 54,088
Metropolitan Police n.a.
Norfolk 17,232
Northamptonshire 14,193
Northumbria 60,206
North Yorkshire 16,656
Nottinghamshire 37,423
South Yorkshire 35,859
Staffordshire 34,585
Suffolk 12,010
Surrey 18,582
Sussex 32,448
Thames Valley 48,199
Warwickshire 10,625
West Mercia 25,027
West Midlands 93,562
West Yorkshire 70,640
Wiltshire 9,846
Dyfed-powys 8,803
Gwent 16,338
North Wales 18,092
South Wales 46,901
England and Wales 1,298,024
1 Covers notifiable offences and some summary offences.

n.a. Not available.