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Offensive Weapons: Arrests

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons in Northern Ireland were arrested for an offence of possession of an offensive weapon or bladed article as a result of police usage of metal detection devices in the latest period for which figures are available. (209303)

The Chief Constable has provided the following answer:

“The information sought is not recorded in the way requested but I can advise you that the total number of persons in Northern Ireland who were arrested for an offence of possession of an offensive weapon or bladed article between 01/04/2007 and 31/03/2008 was 568. Information regarding how many of these arrests were related to usage of metal detectors is not available”.