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Crossbows

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of offences connected with the misuse of crossbows in England and Wales in each of the last five years. (75554)

There is no specific offence relating to the misuse of crossbows. Such offences could be included under several different offences, such as possession of an offensive weapon, but the data cannot be separated to show how many of the offences involved a crossbow.

The table shows figures for prosecutions and convictions for the only offences that are solely relevant to crossbows. Figures for 2005 will be available in the autumn of 2006.

Number of defendants prosecuted at magistrates' courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under the Crossbow Act 1997, England and Wales, 2000-041

Defendants

Prosecuted

Convicted

Offence description

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Selling or letting on hire a crossbow to a person under the age of 17

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Purchasing or hiring a crossbow by a person under the age of 17

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Possession of a crossbow by a person under the age of 17

1

0

0

2

0

1

0

0

2

0

1 These data are provided on the principal offence basis.