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Custodial Treatment: Offensive Weapons

Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons were (a) convicted of an offence of carrying a bladed article and (b) received a custodial sentence for such a crime in England and Wales in each of the last six months. (166078)

Information on the number of persons found guilty and sentenced to immediate custody at all courts for carrying a bladed article in England and Wales for 2005 are shown in the following table.

Data for 2006 will be available shortly.

The number of persons found guilty and sentenced to immediate custody at all courts for the offences under the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 S.I, and the Criminal Justice Act 1988 S.139, S.139(A) and 139(2) as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 S.4(l), in England and Wales for 20051, 2, 3

2005

Statute

Offence description

Found guilty

Immediate custody

Prevention of Crime Act 1953 S.I

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

5,728

829

Criminal Justice Act 1988 S.139

Having an article with a blade or point in a public place

5,961

965

Criminal Justice Act 1988 S.139(A) as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 S.4(l)

Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

44

5

Criminal Justice Act 1988 139(2) as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 5.4(1)

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises

29

3

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 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.

3 Excludes data provided by West Mercia police force area (for offences of carrying a knife on a school premises)

Source:

Court proceedings database held by RDS—OCJR, Ministry of Justice