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Offensive Weapons: Greater London

Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under the age of 18 years were murdered as a result of (a) gun crime and (b) knife crime in each London borough in each of the last 10 years. (155142)

[holding answer 12 September 2007]: Available information relates to offences currently recorded as homicide that were caused by (a) shooting, which includes crossbows as well as guns and (b) a sharp instrument, which includes other sharp instruments as well as knives.

The number of homicides recorded by the City of London and Metropolitan Police Services between 1995 and 2005-06, where the victim is aged under 18, is given in the following table. Centrally-collected data cannot be broken down by London borough. Police force area breakdowns for homicides recorded during 2006-07 are scheduled to be published in January 2008.

Offences currently1 recorded as homicide where victim is aged under 18: City of London and Metropolitan Police 1995 to 2005-062

Year offence initially recorded as homicide3

Police force area/apparent method

1995

1996

1997

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

City of London:

Shooting4

Sharp instrument5

All methods

1

Metropolitan:

Shooting4

2

1

3

2

Sharp instrument5

5

5

5

6

3

5

9

6

5

2

1

6

All methods

18

15

22

22

18

12

19

16

23

17

13

17

1 As at 9 October 2006; figures are subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and by the courts, or as further information becomes available.

2 2006-07 data will be published in January 2008.

3 Offences are shown according to the year in which police initially recorded them as homicide. This is not necessarily the year in which the incident took place or the year in which any court decision was made.

4 Includes shooting by crossbows as well as firearms.

5 Includes other sharp instruments as well as knives.