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Cautions given for sex offences
Nearly 8,000 sex offenders have been given cautions by police forces across England in the past five years.

The BBC News website asked each of England's 38 forces how many cautions they had issued for sex offences over the past five years - and what offences they were for.

In many cases the BBC gained the information by making Freedom of Information Act requests to the forces.

The table below shows - for each police force - the total number of cautions issued for sex offences, how many were for rape and how many were for offences involving children.

The figures are for the past five years, unless specified otherwise.

Every police force in England released information, except West Yorkshire Police, which said it would be too expensive to find the results.

Force Total Rapes Children Notes
Avon & Somerset 122 1 9 Can only provide figures for 2006-2007
Bedfordshire 82 3 22  
Cambridgeshire 75 1 32 Can only provide figures for 2004-2007
Cheshire 44 0 11  
Cleveland 129 2 27  
Cumbria 80 2 30  
Derbyshire 219 8 71  
Devon & Cornwall 210 4 138  
Dorset 159 0 15  
Durham 66 1 26  
Essex 379 23 98 Figures for 2000-2006
Gloucestershire 65 0 15  
Hampshire 211 25 15  
Hertfordshire 195 4 30 Figures for 2000-2006
Humber 258 14 94 Figures for 2001-2006
Kent 389     No breakdown of offences, figures only for 2003-2007
Lancashire 213 4 47  
Leicestershire 122 0 43  
Lincolnshire 78 0 19  
London (Metropolitan) 1,291 38 191 Figures for 2001-2006
Manchester 210 16 44 Figures for 2002-2006
Merseyside 98 3 7  
Norfolk 241 16 25 Figures for 2000-2007
North Yorkshire 50 0 2  
Northamptonshire 133 2 23 Figures for 2001-2007
Northumbria 497 8 136 Figures for 2001-2007
Nottinghamshire 170 11   No full breakdown of offences
South Yorkshire 283 1 62  
Staffordshire 123 3 20  
Suffolk 174 9 46  
Surrey 229 4 62  
Sussex 231 8 53  
Thames Valley 276 4 7 Figures for 2003-2006
Warwickshire 134 9 41  
West Mercia 259 15 70  
West Midlands 331 2 104  
West Yorkshire       Refused to provide figures
Wiltshire 115 4 43  
Total 7,941 245 1,678  



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