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Offensive Weapons

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of knife crime offences in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since 1997. (131274)

Data from the Court Proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform showing the number of persons found guilty for offences related to the illegal sale and marketing of knives, and to the possession of knives in a public place without good reason in the areas of (a) South Tyneside, (b) the North East government office region and England and Wales for the years requested are provided in the table.

Data for the Jarrow constituency are not available as data broken down to constituency level are not collected centrally.

Information for 2006 will be available in the autumn.

Number of persons found guilty at all courts for offences related to the illegal sale, marketing and possession of knives in selected areas and England and Wales, 1997-20051,2,3

Area/region

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

South Tyneside magistrates court

6

11

14

6

21

23

12

22

36

North East local government office region

134

162

180

185

230

316

317

360

376

England and Wales4

3,363

3,808

3,543

3,531

4,326

5,306

5,346

5,827

6,025

1 These data are provided on the principal offence basis

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces and courts. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

3 Includes data for offences related to the illegal possession, sale and marketing of knives.

4 Data excludes figures for West Mercia police force area for the offence of possession of a knife or bladed article on school premises, due to a reporting error for this offence at the courts in that area.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted of carrying a knife in a public place in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f) Norfolk in each year since 1997. (134679)

Data on the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform showing the number of people found guilty at all courts for the offence of carrying a knife in a public place in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire, and (f) Norfolk police force area 1997-2005 can be viewed in the following table.

Number of defendants found guilty at all courts for the offences of carrying a knife in a public place, and having an article with blade or point on school premises in Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, and Norfolk police force area 1997-20051,2,3,4

Force

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Bedfordshire

24

36

23

40

32

40

57

68

78

Cambridgeshire

24

35

31

15

27

46

34

62

57

Essex

85

97

96

100

99

103

146

201

176

Hertfordshire

31

29

28

27

25

53

83

84

92

Norfolk

29

50

46

36

41

59

69

70

69

Suffolk

31

22

26

30

31

61

52

68

69

Total

224

269

250

248

255

362

441

553

541

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Includes the following:

3 Statute: Criminal Justice Act 1988 s.139 as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 s.3. Offence description: Having an article with blade or point in public place.

4 Statute: Criminal Justice Act 1988 s.139A (1)(5)(a) as added by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 s.4(1). Offence description: Having an article with blade or point on school premises.