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Homicide

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of homicide there were where the killing arose from the use of (a) a sharp instrument and (b) a firearm in each police force area in each of the last 10 years. (203251)

Available information relates to the number of homicides recorded between 1997-98 and 2006-07 where the apparent method of killing was sharp instrument or shooting.

Table A: Homicides currently recorded1 where apparent method of killing is sharp instrument2, by police force area: England and Wales 1997-98 to 2006-073

Year offence initially recorded as homicide4

Police force area

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Avon and Somerset

3

5

5

3

4

4

4

4

2

3

Bedfordshire

3

2

1

2

7

1

1

4

3

3

British Transport Police

Cambridgeshire

1

1

4

1

2

5

1

2

2

Cheshire

3

3

3

2

5

3

7

3

Cleveland

1

1

3

5

3

3

3

3

3

3

Cumbria

3

1

5

3

1

2

1

1

-

-

Derbyshire

2

1

2

1

4

2

3

2

2

3

Devon and Cornwall

8

6

1

5

6

2

3

10

5

5

Dorset

1

1

1

3

3

6

2

Durham

3

2

1

2

3

2

3

5

Dyfed Powys

2

1

3

2

1

Essex

1

5

9

2

10

7

5

6

9

Gloucestershire

1

1

3

3

3

2

2

2

Greater Manchester

16

14

10

14

23

19

17

15

11

12

Gwent

1

1

2

2

2

4

1

2

Hampshire

1

3

5

4

7

9

3

7

4

7

Hertfordshire

2

1

5

4

3

4

4

5

3

6

Humberside

2

2

2

2

3

5

8

3

1

7

Kent

7

3

8

4

10

6

4

4

7

6

Lancashire

6

2

1

15

4

10

12

11

1

4

Leicestershire

1

1

4

2

4

9

3

3

5

Lincolnshire

1

2

1

2

2

3

London, City of

1

Merseyside

8

11

6

13

3

12

10

14

10

10

Metropolitan Police

62

52

68

69

68

68

61

62

56

68

Norfolk

5

2

4

1

3

1

1

3

North Wales

2

2

1

2

4

5

2

1

North Yorkshire

1

1

1

3

2

Northamptonshire

2

2

1

3

3

5

1

6

6

Northumbria

11

5

9

5

4

8

8

6

7

10

Nottinghamshire

3

6

5

4

6

3

6

6

7

7

South Wales

9

9

6

3

10

1

3

4

2

7

South Yorkshire

2

3

4

4

6

7

2

7

6

3

Staffordshire

4

4

2

1

3

3

2

5

Suffolk

3

2

2

2

3

2

Surrey

1

1

1

1

2

1

1

4

3

-

Sussex

4

4

5

5

6

9

3

9

4

2

Thames Valley

7

7

8

3

9

13

3

6

7

6

Warwickshire

2

1

1

2

2

3

1

5

West Mercia

3

3

1

3

5

2

5

3

3

West Midlands

4

16

15

9

19

17

22

21

22

15

West Yorkshire

12

12

7

8

11

13

7

13

11

10

Wiltshire

2

1

3

2

2

3

1

1

Total

202

201

213

213

261

265

242

259

219

258

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

2 Includes knives as well as other sharp instruments.

3 Data for 2007-08 are scheduled to be published in January 2009.

4 Offences are shown according to the year in which the police initially recorded the offence as homicide. This is not necessarily the year in which the incident took place or the year in which any court decision was made.

Table B: Homicides currently recorded1 where apparent method of killing is shooting2, by police force area: England and Wales 1997-98 to 2006-073

Year offence initially recorded as homicide4

Police force area

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Avon and Somerset

1

2

6

3

1

Bedfordshire

1

2

British Transport Police

Cambridgeshire

1

1

2

1

Cheshire

Cleveland

1

2

1

Cumbria

Derbyshire

1

1

1

Devon and Cornwall

1

1

1

1

2

1

Dorset

1

Durham

1

2

Dyfed Powys

1

2

1

Essex

1

1

1

1

2

2

2

Gloucestershire

1

Greater Manchester

5

1

7

11

11

6

9

7

5

4

Gwent

1

1

Hampshire

1

1

1

Hertfordshire

1

2

1

Humberside

1

2

1

1

1

Kent

2

2

3

2

2

2

1

1

Lancashire

1

1

2

2

1

1

1

Leicestershire

1

1

2

1

1

1

Lincolnshire

2

2

1

1

2

London, City of

Merseyside

3

2

3

3

6

5

5

7

1

5

Metropolitan Police

23

18

26

26

43

31

21

24

22

29

Norfolk

1

1

1

North Wales

North Yorkshire

1

1

Northamptonshire

2

1

Northumbria

1

3

2

1

5

Nottinghamshire

1

2

3

5

5

1

South Wales

1

South Yorkshire

2

2

4

Staffordshire

1

1

1

1

Suffolk

1

1

1

Surrey

5

3

Sussex

1

1

2

1

1

1

Thames Valley

1

2

1

2

1

4

3

1

Warwickshire

1

1

West Mercia

1

1

1

1

West Midlands

3

5

3

3

7

9

6

6

5

3

West Yorkshire

2

4

1

3

7

1

3

3

4

2

Wiltshire

Total

52

46

61

72

97

75

67

70

49

59

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

2 Includes shooting by crossbows. Excludes cases where firearm was used as a blunt instrument.

3 Data for 2007-08 are scheduled to be published in January 2009.

4 Offences are shown according to the year in which the police initially recorded the offence as homicide. This is not necessarily the year in which the incident took place or the year in which any court decision was made.