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Firearms: Crime

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) gun crimes and (b) arrests relating to gun crime there were (i) in England and (ii) in each police force area in each of the last five years. (165681)

Available data relate to offences involving firearms (excluding air weapons) from 2001-02 up to and including 2005-06 and are given in the table. Firearms are taken to be involved in a crime if they are fired, used as a blunt instrument or used as a threat.

The arrests collection undertaken by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform provides data only on persons arrested for recorded crime (notifiable offences) by age group, gender, ethnicity, and main offence group, i.e. violence against the person, sexual offences, robbery, burglary etc. More detailed data about specific offences do not form part of this collection.

Crimes recorded by the police in which firearms (excluding air weapons) were reported to have been used by police force area: England and Wales 2001-02 to 2005-06

Recorded crime

Police force area

2001-021

2002-032

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

North east region

Cleveland

24

18

45

37

41

Durham

19

16

15

21

18

Northumbria

86

103

169

182

137

North west region

Cheshire

50

31

44

61

71

Cumbria

9

13

11

26

18

Greater Manchester

1,361

1,240

1,275

1,268

1,200

Lancashire

103

66

58

259

372

Merseyside

299

318

483

491

485

Yorkshire and the Humber region

Humberside

63

68

68

174

108

North Yorkshire

28

18

23

13

15

South Yorkshire

170

153

127

185

301

West Yorkshire

332

333

269

318

355

East Midlands region

Derbyshire

58

73

75

149

109

Leicestershire

74

174

141

123

89

Lincolnshire

22

37

26

90

72

Northamptonshire

55

107

123

113

128

Nottinghamshire

204

264

233

305

277

West Midlands region

Staffordshire

116

131

108

144

128

Warwickshire

53

62

102

73

76

West Mercia

54

48

62

151

115

West Midlands

1,289

1,101

1,138

959

946

East of England region

Bedfordshire

82

86

89

94

103

Cambridgeshire

49

57

34

50

34

Essex

98

148

145

193

280

Hertfordshire

69

139

138

139

114

Norfolk

26

36

33

23

29

Suffolk

15

28

45

59

58

London region

4,197

4,202

3,891

3,697

3,884

South East region

Hampshire

58

97

130

148

85

Kent

60

64

65

100

142

Surrey

40

34

88

63

87

Sussex

155

136

82

67

85

Thames Valley

267

362

421

437

401

South West region

Avon and Somerset

131

119

123

196

167

Devon and Cornwall

52

36

84

189

174

Dorset

34

17

45

49

27

Gloucestershire

89

92

108

87

77

Wiltshire

26

60

53

49

43

Wales

Dyfed Powys

26

17

37

40

21

Gwent

18

52

74

85

53

North Wales

6

18

11

60

88

South Wales

56

74

47

104

71

England and Wales

10,023

10,248

10,338

11,071

11,084

England and Wales excluding London region)

5,826

6,046

6,447

7,374

7,200

1 Figures for some crime categories may have been inflated by some police forces implementing the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard before 1 April 2002.

2 The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced on 1 April 2002. Figures for some crime categories may have been inflated by this.