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Thursday, 27th October 2011

UK: Statistical bulletin on the public disorder of 6th to 9th August 2011 October update

Source: Ministry of Justice

From Executive Summary:

This publication presents court outcome information on those who have appeared before the court by midday 12th October for offences relating to the disorder of 6th to 9th August. For the more detailed analysis of Criminal histories, prison population and socio-economic factors, the data covered those who have appeared before the court by midday 28th September. The police and courts agree whether an offence was related to the disorder and the courts then returned details of the case centrally to the Ministry of Justice statistics team.It is important to note that none of the factors explored imply causality with the public disorder events, but provide a deeper background understanding of the characteristics of those brought before the courts. It is also the case that those brought before the courts may have different characteristics from those who took part and have yet to appear before the courts....

By midday on 12th October, 1,984 people had appeared before the courts for these offences. Of those brought before the courts 90 per cent were male and 10 per cent were female and the proportions are broadly similar across all areas. This compares with all first hearings for indictable offences in 2010 where 85 per cent were male and 15 per cent female.Comparisons by age show that 26 per cent of those brought before the courts for offences relating to the public disorder were aged 10-17 (juveniles) and that a further 27 per cent were aged 18-20. Only five per cent of those appearing before the courts for the disorder were over 40 years old....

Comparisons by ethnicity (where ethnicity was recorded) show that 42 per cent of those brought before the courts were White, 46 per cent were from a Black or mixed Black background, 7 per cent were from an Asian or mixed Asian background, 5 per cent were other. The proportions vary significantly by area. However, caution is needed when analysing these figures as the comparisons with the local population have not been fully age adjusted.

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