Skip to main content

Firearms: Crime

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, columns 657-58W, on Firearms: Crime, how many (a) gun crimes and (b) arrests relating to gun crime there were (i) in England and Wales and (ii) in each police force area in each year since 2005-06. (201598)

Available data relate to offences involving firearms (excluding air weapons) recorded during 2005-06 and 2006-07 and are given in the following 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 on persons arrested for recorded crime (notifiable offences) by main offence group, i.e. violence against the person, sexual offences, robbery, burglary etc. More detailed data about specific offences are not collected.

Crimes recorded by the police in which firearms (excluding air weapons) were to have been used1, by police force area: England and Wales 2005-06 and 2006-07

Recorded crime

Police force area

2005-06

2006-07

North East region

Cleveland

41

19

Durham

18

14

Northumbria

137

111

North West region

Cheshire

71

41

Cumbria

18

21

Greater Manchester

1,200

993

Lancashire

372

364

Merseyside

485

410

Yorkshire and the Humber region

Humberside

108

117

North Yorkshire

15

14

South Yorkshire

301

211

West Yorkshire

355

319

East Midlands region

Derbyshire

109

83

Leicestershire

89

109

Lincolnshire

72

45

Northamptonshire

128

159

Nottinghamshire

277

196

West Midlands region

Staffordshire

128

94

Warwickshire

80

90

West Mercia

115

63

West Midlands

946

979

East of England region

Bedfordshire

103

86

Cambridgeshire

34

24

Essex

280

255

Hertfordshire

114

89

Norfolk

29

34

Suffolk

58

42

London region

3,884

3,331

South East region

Hampshire

85

122

Kent

142

92

Surrey

87

60

Sussex

85

84

Thames Valley

401

332

South West region

Avon and Somerset

167

138

Devon and Cornwall

174

132

Dorset

27

28

Gloucestershire

77

65

Wiltshire

43

69

Wales

Dyfed Powys

21

17

Gwent

53

33

North Wales

88

98

South Wales

71

67

England and Wales

11,088

9,650

England and Wales (excluding London region)

7,204

6,319

1 Firearms are taken to be involved in a crime if they are fired, used as a blunt instrument against a person, or used as a threat. Note: Data for 2007-08 are scheduled to be published in January 2009.