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Firearms: Crime

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidences of gun-related crime there were in each police district command unit area in Northern Ireland in each of the past three years. (125066)

The chief constable has provided the following table of offences recorded by the police in Northern Ireland over the last three years in which a firearm was involved. The term ‘firearm’ includes handguns, shotguns, rifles, imitation firearms, BB guns and air guns.

2004

2005

2006

Antrim

31

23

23

Ards

62

63

30

Armagh

16

18

18

Ballymena

20

16

10

Ballymoney

3

2

3

Banbridge

10

12

4

East Belfast

52

70

26

North Belfast

119

150

96

South Belfast

81

51

36

West Belfast

86

82

56

Carrickfergus

32

15

18

Castlereagh

48

25

25

Coleraine

31

30

16

Cookstown

7

5

10

Craigavon

68

78

40

Down

34

42

14

Dungannon and South Tyrone

11

20

8

Fermanagh

9

22

15

Foyle

40

40

40

Larne

19

15

6

Limavady

16

15

19

Lisburn

35

42

20

Magherafelt

6

5

5

Moyle

6

3

2

Newry and Mourne

40

41

34

Newtownabbey

67

64

40

North Down

41

53

29

Omagh

19

17

4

Strabane

23

19

19

Northern Ireland

1,032

1,038

666

Note:

The figures for 2006 are provisional and liable to revision.