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Firearms Act 1968: Convictions

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) cases have been brought and (b) convictions there have been in each police area for offences under section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968 in each of the last 12 months. (180443)

Data showing the number of defendants proceeded against and found guilty of offences under Section 5 of the 1968 Firearms Act broken down by police force area in 2006 are in the following table. Data for 2007 will be available in the autumn of 2008.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under Section 5 of the 1968 Firearms Act, broken down by police force area, England and Wales, 20061, 2, 3

Police force area

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Avon and Somerset

24

21

Bedfordshire

6

4

Cambridgeshire

11

8

Cheshire

20

16

City of London

6

1

Cleveland

8

8

Cumbria

7

3

Derbyshire

11

13

Devon and Cornwall

12

11

Dorset

8

8

Durham

7

6

Essex

34

26

Gloucestershire

4

5

Greater Manchester

108

94

Hampshire

27

24

Hertfordshire

24

23

Humberside

13

11

Kent

27

28

Lancashire

24

18

Leicestershire

18

16

Lincolnshire

8

6

Merseyside

54

56

Metropolitan police

385

317

Norfolk

12

9

North Yorkshire

6

5

Northamptonshire

2

2

Northumbria

43

34

Nottinghamshire

28

30

South Yorkshire

40

35

Staffordshire

10

9

Suffolk

8

8

Surrey

7

7

Sussex

20

15

Thames Valley

27

20

Warwickshire

8

6

West Mercia

13

11

West Midlands

84

78

West Yorkshire

45

47

Wiltshire

14

7

Dyfed-Powys

2

1

Gwent

11

7

North Wales

16

8

South Wales

16

15

England and Wales

1,258

1,077

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 The found guilty column may exceed those proceeded against, as it may be the case that the proceedings in the magistrates court took place in the preceding year and they were found guilty at the Crown court in the following year, or the defendant was found guilty for a different offence to the original offence proceeded against.