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Offensive Weapons

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) under 18-year-olds and (b) over 18-year-olds were convicted of illegally carrying (i) knives and (ii) other weapons in each year since 1997, broken down by police authority area; and if he will make a statement. (176295)

The number of persons convicted of illegally carrying (i) knives and (ii) other weapons in each year since 1997 by police force area is shown in the following tables.

Number of defendants aged 10 to 17 who were convicted at all courts for illegally carrying offensive weapons excluding knives, in England and Wales by police force area for the years 1997 to 20061, 2, 3

Police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Avon and Somerset

29

21

34

24

43

57

44

51

45

61

Bedfordshire

9

9

11

13

14

8

11

31

17

25

Cambridgeshire

11

13

10

13

18

23

15

12

33

20

Cheshire

25

29

25

35

27

31

17

35

51

48

City of London

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cleveland

20

12

18

20

28

25

31

30

20

35

Cumbria

20

20

21

15

21

15

22

17

27

26

Derbyshire

26

22

28

20

26

31

36

46

41

37

Devon and Cornwall

22

16

16

32

24

28

41

42

53

42

Dorset

6

9

12

13

9

13

13

14

17

24

Durham

24

23

33

34

39

36

27

42

39

56

Essex

56

52

37

43

61

46

62

97

62

83

Gloucestershire

11

21

7

13

12

14

15

18

22

15

Greater Manchester

85

103

105

129

193

175

149

201

181

185

Hampshire

50

55

46

63

85

72

78

88

88

94

Hertfordshire

11

12

8

25

16

10

27

40

43

37

Humberside

16

29

37

34

36

34

40

48

46

55

Kent

33

41

33

43

51

29

35

34

47

50

Lancashire

51

30

39

55

59

53

59

84

87

81

Leicestershire

31

35

26

34

35

41

43

45

40

48

Lincolnshire

8

27

13

15

21

17

23

27

14

22

Merseyside

68

71

48

57

64

63

67

87

96

96

Metropolitan Police

335

336

347

435

679

686

550

631

682

713

Norfolk

16

19

12

16

20

11

29

21

22

21

North Yorkshire

15

8

19

16

10

20

19

28

22

31

Northamptonshire

5

12

15

10

4

7

0

5

1

4

Northumbria

68

98

98

103

125

141

119

138

143

100

Nottinghamshire

20

34

29

44

63

48

55

59

70

64

South Yorkshire

31

35

41

57

58

80

62

63

75

80

Staffordshire3

25

19

25

4

31

31

35

42

50

37

Suffolk

13

9

19

12

12

27

26

24

42

38

Surrey

7

10

6

20

24

12

15

22

19

19

Sussex

14

21

23

32

43

30

43

55

66

57

Thames Valley

28

32

23

23

43

39

27

36

65

75

Warwickshire

11

12

9

11

9

7

10

15

9

15

West Mercia

12

19

18

12

41

28

28

36

52

59

West Midlands

82

95

82

135

200

180

140

158

163

186

West Yorkshire

54

44

70

65

65

76

105

121

110

112

Wiltshire

9

18

17

9

13

29

17

19

32

34

Dyfed-Powys

6

13

5

15

6

10

11

10

15

14

Gwent

15

11

20

19

19

12

17

31

23

33

North Wales

13

17

13

34

28

32

17

27

40

28

South Wales

36

43

39

49

55

53

55

58

45

56

Total

1,427

1,555

1,537

1,847

2,430

2,380

2,235

2,688

2,815

2,916

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.

3 Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for defendants proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.

4 Nil.

Source:

Court proceedings database held by RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice.

Cur reference: PQ 176295 (Table 3)

Number of defendants aged 18 years and over who were convicted at all courts for illegally carrying offensive weapons excluding knives, in England and Wales by police force area for the years 1997 to 20061, 2, 3

Police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Avon and Somerset

179

209

213

179

186

214

279

243

252

277

Bedfordshire

57

78

58

67

64

88

109

105

142

116

Cambridgeshire

64

92

79

54

69

86

88

102

101

118

Cheshire

143

123

119

114

91

112

115

119

164

162

City of London

26

15

10

11

18

37

31

33

28

17

Cleveland

68

85

67

81

81

131

133

159

150

160

Cumbria

63

83

68

64

57

64

73

91

91

79

Derbyshire

127

96

128

112

133

131

147

193

183

170

Devon and Cornwall

176

193

180

141

173

208

243

212

232

232

Dorset

44

76

68

72

69

82

92

110

124

96

Durham

85

110

117

122

113

128

126

131

182

154

Essex

195

202

195

181

196

196

211

303

292

279

Gloucestershire

62

80

44

50

65

75

65

82

95

78

Greater Manchester

515

648

543

500

576

580

637

768

750

751

Hampshire

250

244

213

207

212

241

299

317

306

320

Hertfordshire

78

66

88

104

96

114

148

164

193

163

Humberside

134

150

144

120

107

146

171

219

222

197

Kent

156

246

216

192

191

190

185

149

174

154

Lancashire

247

296

236

213

253

251

280

319

321

308

Leicestershire

130

177

147

164

149

169

191

206

210

206

Lincolnshire

90

100

108

92

118

107

111

134

120

116

Merseyside

346

367

277

227

264

344

343

413

432

460

Metropolitan Police

2,359

2,318

1,842

1,920

2,369

3,126

2,899

2,868

2,954

2,814

Norfolk

101

119

113

81

94

127

118

148

149

148

North Yorkshire

108

122

92

79

90

83

88

113

124

100

Northamptonshire

49

68

69

57

37

52

63

66

59

37

Northumbria

318

359

389

324

389

389

388

405

419

421

Nottinghamshire

144

190

158

156

150

191

245

246

257

263

South Yorkshire

177

175

202

183

203

253

276

286

328

287

Staffordshire3

107

143

122

4

116

170

166

157

147

194

Suffolk

87

59

82

83

74

92

111

128

130

170

Surrey

52

42

32

55

55

56

71

70

69

72

Sussex

152

147

167

156

166

207

186

188

224

212

Thames Valley

191

189

186

132

169

213

193

233

285

297

Warwickshire

49

55

50

45

41

49

49

69

47

58

West Mercia

104

102

90

78

103

100

125

151

156

209

West Midlands

537

500

462

524

701

751

745

776

710

787

West Yorkshire

267

275

291

229

267

335

331

475

447

402

Wiltshire

48

66

77

70

79

72

72

83

95

107

Dyfed-Powys

69

74

69

64

65

70

84

81

74

53

Gwent

71

84

66

63

60

91

75

108

96

126

North Wales

106

126

113

85

89

115

117

135

147

181

South Wales

223

260

275

235

244

252

271

287

289

294

Total

8,554

9,209

8,265

7,686

8,842

10,488

10,750

11,645

11,970

11,845

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.

3 Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for defendants proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.

4 Nil.

Source:

Court proceedings database held by RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

Our reference: PQ 176295 (Table 4).

Number of defendants aged 10-17 who were convicted at all courts for illegally carrying knives, in England and Wales by police force area for the years 1997 to 20061, 2, 3

Police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Avon and Somerset

6

7

17

7

23

28

19

28

15

30

Bedfordshire

1

5

3

6

6

2

5

7

11

11

Cambridgeshire

3

6

6

2

4

11

8

6

14

10

Cheshire

7

7

13

11

6

14

6

9

24

14

City of London

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cleveland

3

5

4

6

8

12

15

12

8

17

Cumbria

10

5

12

8

11

6

9

8

17

11

Derbyshire

8

9

8

5

8

15

17

17

12

14

Devon and Cornwall

9

6

5

14

11

12

22

17

31

18

Dorset

1

4

4

4

3

10

8

6

8

12

Durham

4

6

8

11

10

17

15

19

19

26

Essex

21

24

15

20

26

14

34

45

33

42

Gloucestershire

3

5

3

4

5

5

8

8

6

8

Greater Manchester

21

37

19

46

72

59

54

68

58

88

Hampshire

19

25

18

29

35

27

45

44

33

37

Hertfordshire

7

5

3

3

2

4

15

20

21

19

Humberside

7

6

12

16

15

17

10

14

23

35

Kent

8

12

8

16

14

4

8

1

0

0

Lancashire

12

14

13

17

21

22

24

39

29

35

Leicestershire

10

11

10

9

13

19

13

18

22

23

Lincolnshire

3

9

7

7

4

10

11

7

6

11

Merseyside

28

25

23

26

15

23

33

30

30

40

Metropolitan Police

148

167

178

194

340

309

246

239

298

337

Norfolk

4

3

6

6

9

5

15

9

9

10

North Yorkshire

7

3

6

8

7

11

10

13

11

18

Northamptonshire

2

4

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northumbria

14

23

28

34

44

45

53

57

56

31

Nottinghamshire

7

5

7

13

15

13

17

20

26

31

South Yorkshire

12

12

15

20

22

37

25

18

33

41

Staffordshire3

5

6

5

4

6

17

13

11

11

12

Suffolk

4

3

8

7

6

18

15

13

16

18

Surrey

3

5

2

9

11

5

4

10

5

7

Sussex

6

9

9

20

24

15

24

23

27

30

Thames Valley

7

12

5

7

13

13

10

18

23

36

Warwickshire

2

5

4

3

3

5

4

5

5

6

West Mercia

4

8

2

1

2

1

0

3

24

12

West Midlands

28

25

17

41

71

62

48

67

61

71

West Yorkshire

13

5

14

10

17

22

19

44

26

29

Wiltshire

4

11

4

4

4

13

7

10

12

15

Dyfed-Powys

2

4

0

4

3

5

2

3

11

7

Gwent

5

2

6

4

4

2

4

11

10

12

North Wales

4

5

9

10

12

17

9

7

9

10

South Wales

10

11

10

15

22

18

21

15

20

20

England and Wales

482

561

547

680

963

972

939

1,035

1,113

1,265

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.

3 Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for defendants proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.

4 Nil

Note:

Data for “having an article with blade or point on school premises” exclude convictions for West Mercia PFA, until clarification of these cases is obtained.

Source:

Court proceedings database held by RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

Our reference: PQ 176295 (Table 1)

Number of defendants aged 18 years and over who were convicted at all courts for illegally carrying knives, in England and Wales by police force area for the years 1997 to 20061, 2, 3

Police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Avon and Somerset

44

62

96

80

82

116

133

118

113

138

Bedfordshire

23

31

20

34

26

38

52

61

67

50

Cambridgeshire

21

29

25

13

23

35

26

56

43

57

Cheshire

52

56

39

40

30

40

48

39

58

70

City of London

16

8

4

8

9

17

19

20

18

11

Cleveland

13

26

27

15

34

57

55

69

63

59

Cumbria

22

22

25

19

17

31

36

38

33

30

Derbyshire

31

22

28

35

45

53

65

83

67

63

Devon and Cornwall

38

72

70

56

60

98

107

109

112

102

Dorset

18

37

28

28

29

45

41

53

53

55

Durham

21

24

27

32

25

59

49

49

70

65

Essex

64

73

81

80

73

89

112

156

143

133

Gloucestershire

13

29

15

13

19

21

24

34

33

31

Greater Manchester

181

205

188

176

209

239

250

276

291

305

Hampshire

78

86

75

77

79

86

108

133

129

124

Hertfordshire

24

24

25

24

23

49

68

64

71

65

Humberside

36

39

53

39

31

52

55

92

92

90

Kent

24

61

76

61

62

29

27

12

12

6

Lancashire

93

106

84

70

85

76

112

122

121

109

Leicestershire

44

58

52

45

52

57

78

80

70

90

Lincolnshire

16

31

47

39

37

40

60

58

47

58

Merseyside

148

144

108

98

106

137

132

169

168

178

Metropolitan Police

1,110

1,160

905

970

1,167

1,562

1,441

1,376

1,400

1,354

Norfolk

25

47

40

30

32

54

54

61

60

52

North Yorkshire

30

31

39

25

38

41

40

56

55

39

Northamptonshire

4

7

14

5

3

2

2

3

6

1

Northumbria

79

78

86

87

109

126

130

154

160

186

Nottinghamshire

40

36

38

34

41

55

68

95

91

113

South Yorkshire

41

46

48

46

92

109

122

99

136

109

Staffordshire3

18

33

37

4

28

51

50

60

49

80

Suffolk

27

19

18

23

25

43

37

55

53

88

Surrey

16

8

10

16

21

22

33

30

30

30

Sussex

53

57

83

64

76

112

99

91

94

108

Thames Valley

54

67

70

47

64

72

66

99

122

142

Warwickshire

14

25

20

16

15

21

14

22

18

24

West Mercia

17

30

25

21

6

9

18

18

22

31

West Midlands

146

126

120

163

247

281

279

290

258

312

West Yorkshire

33

33

42

47

70

81

89

128

142

143

Wiltshire

17

24

28

24

32

24

33

40

41

55

Dyfed-Powys

14

19

29

23

28

30

34

36

34

22

Gwent

19

16

14

17

16

31

19

37

26

44

North Wales

42

50

51

32

39

57

52

60

68

103

South Wales

59

87

91

68

72

96

90

109

100

133

Total

2,878

3,244

3,001

2,840

3,377

4,343

4,427

4,810

4,839

5,058

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.

3 Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for defendants proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.

4 Nil

Note:

Data for "having an article with blade or point on school premises" exclude convictions for West Mercia PFA, until clarification of these cases is obtained.

Source:

Court proceedings database held by RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

Our reference: PQ 176295 (Table 2).