CPS Thames Valley Racist Crimes Data Published

18/01/2005

The Crown Prosecution Service in Thames Valley has today published figures for the number of racially aggravated cases it has dealt with in 2003 - 2004.

96 charges were referred to CPS Thames Valley by the police. A further 7 charges were identified by the CPS. Of these 103 charges, 53 were prosecuted.

The largest number of offences were racially aggravated public order incidents (20 charges) which were dealt with in magistrates courts, followed by racially aggravated assaults (13 charges). 11 of the 53 charges prosecuted were dealt with at youth courts.

Where it is not possible to prosecute on a racially aggravated charge the defendant may be prosecuted for the standard offence such as assault or public order without the aggravating factor. There can be more than one charge per defendant. 40 defendants were prosecuted during 2003-2004.

The 53 prosecutions resulted in 46 convictions, yielding a conviction rate of 87%. The national conviction rate is 86%.

Where charges were dropped in the Thames Valley, 60% were dropped because of insufficient evidence, 16% because of difficulties with witnesses and 6% were not pursued on public interest grounds, the most common reason being that the defendant was being dealt with on more serious offences or was already serving a long prison sentence following a separate prosecution.