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Crime in Ayrshire

Freedom of Information: Crime in Ayrshire

Thank you for your request dated 27 September 2012 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA). You requested the following information:

1. "Can you please confirm how many criminal cases were received in the Ayrshire Area in 2011?

2. Can you please confirm how many cases were placed on Petition during the same period?

3. How many of those cases placed on Petition, were of a non-sexual nature?

4. How many High Court cases called at Kilmarnock High Court during the same period?

5. How many Fatal Accident Inquiries called in the Ayrshire Area during the same period?

6. How many murders were there in the Ayrshire Area in 2011?

7. How many sudden and unexplained deaths were there in the same period in the Ayrshire Area?

8. How many victims did Victim Information and Advice support in the same period in the Ayrshire Area?

9. How many witnesses did Victim Information and Advice support in the same period in the Ayrshire Area?"

I have treated your enquiry as a request for information in respect of the COPFS Ayrshire Area jurisdiction.

It may assist to explain that Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) uses a live operational case management system, specifically designed to receive criminal and death reports from the police and other specialist reporting agencies and to manage the cases for prosecution purposes. The information held on the system is structured for these operational needs, rather than for statistical reporting or research purposes.

On 3 October, I contacted you and got clarification from you that you were content to receive information for 'new petition' cases which commenced in 2011-12 and the details requested for that year is set out below.

1. There were 20,108 criminal cases reported to COPFS (Ayr and Kilmarnock) in 2011-12.

2.There were 609 cases with a first appearance on petition in 2011-12.

3. Of those 609 cases, 521 did not contain charges with a sexual aggravation or charge.

4. There were 11 cases that have a record as having called at Kilmarnock High Court.

These included cases which did not originate from the COPFS Ayrshire Area.

5.There were 4 FAIs which called in Ayr and Kilmarnock which were concluded in 2011 -12.

6. COPFS does not hold information about recorded crime. However, of the new petition cases which commenced in 2011-12, 3 of these contained a charge of murder.

7. COPFS does not hold information about the number of sudden deaths, which have occurred in any jurisdiction, but does hold information regarding the number of deaths which were reported to the Procurator Fiscal. 832 deaths were reported to COPFS in 2011-12.

8/9.Our national database does not separately identify 'victims' as such. In the calendar year 2011, support was provided to a total of 3,170 witnesses (which would include victims).