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Knife Crimes

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes have been committed using a knife in each of the last five years. (75401)

The information requested is not collected centrally. Crimes involving the use of a knife cannot be separately identified in the recorded crime statistics.

The Homicide Index has details of the number of homicides where the apparent method of killing was by a sharp instrument. Figures for the last five years are given in the following table:

Offences of homicide where the apparent method of killing was by a sharp instrument: England and Wales

Number of offences

2000-01

214

2001-02

261

2002-03

266

2003-04

234

2004-05

236