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Homicide: Cheshire

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many homicides there have been in Cheshire since 1998-99, broken down by method of killing. (204414)

[holding answer 8 May 2008]: Available information relates to the number of homicides recorded by Cheshire police between 1998-99 and 2006-07 and is shown in the following table.

Offences currently recorded as homicide1 by apparent method of killing: Cheshire police force area, combined data 1998-99 to 2006-072, 3

Apparent method

Number of homicides

Sharp instrument4

26

Blunt instrument

7

Hitting, kicking, etc

19

Strangulation5

9

Shooting6

Explosion

Burning

2

Drowning

Poison or drugs

6

Motor vehicle7

1

Other

3

Not known

4

Total

77

1 As at 12 November 2007; figures are subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and by the courts or as further information becomes available.

2 Data for 2007-08 are not yet published.

3 Offences recorded during financial years 1998-99 to 2006-07 are included. This is not necessarily the same period in which the incident took place or any court decision was made.

4 Includes knives and other sharp instruments.

5 Includes asphyxiation.

6 Includes shooting by crossbow.

7 Excludes death by careless/dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle taking.