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Weapons Finds

Volume 402: debated on Thursday 3 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many finds of arms and bomb making material there have been in (a) Belfast and (b) Northern Ireland in each year since 1996. [105910]


  • 1. The following types of incidents are included:
    • Weapons, ammunition and explosives recovered as a result of a person/rummage search (e.g. house/vehicle searches).
    • Ammunition recovered as a result of intimidation incidents (e.g. bullets received in mail).
    • Weapons, ammunition and explosives found by members of the public.
    • Other violent incidents where weapons/ammunition have been used and recovered (e.g. armed robberies).
    • Paramilitary style attacks involving shootings where weapons/ammunition have been recovered.
  • 2. Explosives recovered figures have beer supplied by the army and exclude those seized as a result of ATO defusing devices.
  • 3. Belfast area includes those PSNI stations covered by Belfast east, Belfast west, Belfast north and Belfast south DCUs.
  • 2002 and 2003 statistics are provisional and are subject to minor amendment.