Attorney-General Questions: Crime: Damage

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutions the Crown Prosecution Service has carried out for criminal damage in each of the last five years; and what the conviction rate was in each such year.

The Solicitor-General: The records held by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) provide an analysis of the outcome of proceedings, divided into 12 principal offence categories which indicate the most serious offence with which the defendant was charged at the time of finalisation. The following table shows the number of prosecutions and convictions for defendants whose principal offence was “criminal damage”.

 ConvictionsUnsuccessful  NumberPercentageNumberPercentageTotal n umber

2007-08

45,237

86.1

7,279

13.9

52,516

2008-09

43,437

88.0

5,912

12.0

49,349

2009-10

40,832

87.4

5,912

12.6

46,744

2010-11

38,666

86.3

6,152

13.7

44,818

2011-12

35,885

85.9

5,912

14.1

41,797