HL Deb 20 November 2001 vol 628 cc130-1WA
Lord Bradshaw

asked Her Majesty's Government:

On how many occasions in the last year for which figures are available the British Transport Police successfully prosecuted offenders for graffiti damage. [HL1275]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton

The British Transport Police (BTP) has provided the following information:

Year Graffiti offences reported to BTP Detected by BTP % rate detected
1998 589 172 29
1999 684 185 27
2000 676 200 30

The BTP does not hold information on the number of successful prosecutions. Instead records are kept on the number of "detections". These figures include all matters that have been, or are currently pending, a prosecution at court. They also include all cases that have been finalised other than by prosecution, e.g. by formal warnings or cautions issued according to Crown Prosecution policy guidelines.