HC Deb 07 October 2003 vol 411 cc32-3W
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many murders in Crosby were committed by a person well known to the victim in the last five years; and what proportion of the total number of murders in Crosby during this period this represents. [129474]

Ms Blears:

The data have been obtained from the homicide index as it stood on 8 October 2002. Figures are subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and the courts, or as further information becomes available.

Information is held centrally in the form of homicide (i.e. murder, manslaughter and infanticide) by police force area. Therefore, figures can only be provided for Merseyside Police Force Area as a whole.

available. Revisions to the data will particularly affect the numbers detected in the most recent years as longer cases are solved.

Information is held centrally in the form of homicide (ie murder, manslaughter and infanticide) by police force area. Therefore, figures can be provided only for Merseyside Police Force Area as a whole.

Currently recorded homicide by Merseyside Police:

(5) if he will make a statement on the level of assaults in Romford in 2002; [128372]

(6) how many incidents of arson there were in Romford in (a) 2002 and (b) each of the preceding 10 years; [128377]

(7) if he will make a statement on the level of stabbings in (a) Romford and (b) other London boroughs in 2002; [128378]

(8) how many rape offences there were in (a) Romford and (b) the London borough of Havering in each of the past 10 years. [128404]

Ms Blears:

Recorded crime statistics below police force area level are collected on a basic command unit (BCU) basis. Figures at BCU level for England and Wales are available for six key offences for the financial years 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02 and 2002–03. The area of Romford is included within the Metropolitan police BCU of Havering.

The six key offences recorded are violence against the person (total), sexual offences (total), robbery, burglary in a dwelling, theft of a motor vehicle and theft from a vehicle. At BCU level, numbers of murders, assaults, shoplifting, arson, stabbings and rape offences are not available centrally. The available figures are given in the table.

Basic command unit—recorded crime for vehicle crime offences for 2002–03 London region
Basic command unit Police force Theft of a motor vehicle,

offences recorded 2002–03

Theft from a vehicle,

offences recorded 2002–03

Bishopsgate1 London, City of 202 191
Snowhill1 London, City of 132 169
Barking and Dagenham Metropolitan Police 1,489 1,678
Barnet Metropolitan Police 1,801 3,239
Bexley Metropolitan Police 1,455 2,022
Brent Metropolitan Police 1,747 2,897
Bromley Metropolitan Police 2,095 3,339
Camden Metropolitan Police 1,919 7,139
City of Westminster Metropolitan Police 1,464 4,582
Croydon Metropolitan Police 2,341 3,352
Ealing Metropolitan Police 2,484 5,925
Enfield Metropolitan Police 2,033 3,198
Greenwich Metropolitan Police 2,370 3,293
Hackney Metropolitan Police 2,495 4,911
Hammersmith and Fulham Metropolitan Police 1,130 4,476
Haringey Metropolitan Police 2,449 4,067
Harrow Metropolitan Police 1,025 2,085
Havering Metropolitan Police 1,654 2,230
Heathrow Metropolitan Police 61 309
Hillingdon Metropolitan Police 1,632 3,689
Hounslow Metropolitan Police 1,487 3,751
Islington Metropolitan Police 2,351 5,003
Kensington and Chelsea Metropolitan Police 1,066 3,185
Kingston upon Thames Metropolitan Police 437 938
Lambeth Metropolitan Police 2,648 5,272
Lewisham Metropolitan Police 1,986 2,420
Merton Metropolitan Police 938 1,512
Newham Metropolitan Police 3,657 5,005
Redbridge Metropolitan Police 1,981 3,615
Richmond upon Thames Metropolitan Police 615 1,740
Southwark Metropolitan Police 2,659 4,988
Sutton Metropolitan Police 822 1,577
Tower Hamlets Metropolitan Police 2,260 6,026
Waltham Forest Metropolitan Police 2,217 3,818
Wandsworth Metropolitan Police 1,637 3,706
1 The City of London has a small resident population but provides policing services to between 3–400,000 commuters and visitors each weekday. Performance measures based on crime per 1,000 resident population produce an unrealistic picture of a high level of crime, which does not reflect the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime in the City.
Crimes recorded by the Metropolitan police's special operations unit have not been included in this table.