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Offensive Weapons

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of offences involving (a) firearms and (b) knives after handing themselves into the police in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (i) offence and (ii) police force area. (229283)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the detection rate for offences involving knives was in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) offence and (b) police force area. (229399)

The requested data are not collected centrally on the dataset for serious offences involving sharp instruments.

Information available from the Homicide Index relates to offences currently recorded as homicide where a sharp instrument was used and there is a current suspect. Data from 1997-98 up to and including 2006-07 are given in the following table.

Offences currently recorded as homicides1 where a sharp instrument2 was used and there is a current suspect, 1997-98 to 2006-073,4

Year offence initially recorded as homicide

Police force area

Police force name

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

North East Region

Cleveland

1

1

3

5

3

3

3

3

3

3

Durham

3

2

1

2

3

2

3

5

Northumbria

11

5

9

5

4

8

8

6

7

10

North West Region

Cheshire

3

3

3

2

5

3

7

3

Cumbria

2

1

5

3

1

2

1

1

Greater Manchester

15

14

10

13

23

18

16

15

11

10

Lancashire

6

2

1

15

4

10

12

11

1

4

Merseyside

7

11

6

13

3

10

10

13

10

10

Yorkshire and the Humber Region

Humberside

2

2

2

2

3

5

8

3

1

7

North Yorkshire

1

1

1

3

2

South Yorkshire

2

2

4

4

5

7

2

7

6

3

West Yorkshire

12

12

7

8

11

12

6

13

11

10

East Midlands Region

Derbyshire

2

1

2

1

4

2

3

2

2

3

Leicestershire

1

1

3

2

4

9

3

3

5

Lincolnshire

1

2

1

2

2

3

Northamptonshire

2

2

1

3

2

5

1

6

6

Nottinghamshire

3

6

5

4

6

3

6

6

7

7

West Midlands Region

Staffordshire

4

4

2

1

3

3

2

4

Warwickshire

2

1

1

2

2

3

1

5

West Mercia

3

3

1

3

5

2

5

3

3

West Midlands

3

16

14

7

19

15

22

20

21

14

East of England Region

Bedfordshire

3

2

1

2

7

1

1

4

3

3

Cambridgeshire

1

1

4

1

2

5

1

2

2

Essex

1

4

9

2

10

7

5

4

8

Hertfordshire

2

1

5

4

3

4

3

4

3

6

Norfolk

5

2

4

1

3

1

1

3

Suffolk

3

2

2

2

3

2

London Region

City of London

Metropolitan Police

57

47

63

63

58

56

56

58

54

56

South East Region

Hampshire

1

3

5

3

7

8

3

7

4

6

Kent

7

3

7

4

10

6

4

4

7

4

Surrey

1

1

1

1

2

1

1

4

3

Sussex

4

4

5

5

6

8

2

8

4

2

Thames Valley

7

7

8

3

9

12

3

6

7

5

South West Region

Avon and Somerset

3

4

5

3

3

4

4

3

2

3

Devon and Cornwall

7

5

1

5

6

2

3

10

5

5

Dorset

1

1

1

3

3

6

Gloucestershire

1

1

3

3

3

2

2

2

Wiltshire

2

1

3

2

2

3

1

1

Wales

Dyfed Powys

2

1

3

2

1

Gwent

1

1

2

2

2

4

1

2

North Wales

2

2

1

2

3

5

2

1

South Wales

9

9

6

3

10

1

3

4

2

7

British Transport Police

England and Wales

192

192

206

202

248

243

233

250

214

234

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 Homicides involving any sharp instrument, including knives.

3 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.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many incidents of violence against the person involving a knife were recorded (a) in total and (b) per 1,000 of the population for (i) England, (ii) the Avon and Somerset Constabulary area and (iii) Bath and North East Somerset in each year from 1997 to 2008; (231455)

(2) how many incidents of violence against the person where a fatality has occurred as a result of a knife wound were recorded (a) in total and (b) per 1,000 of the population for (i) England, (ii) the Avon and Somerset Constabulary area and (iii) Bath and North East Somerset in each year from 1997 to 2008.

Available data on serious offences involving knives and sharp instruments are available only for England and Avon and Somerset relating to 2007-08, and are given in table A.

The number of homicides involving sharp instruments recorded from 1997-98 up to and including 2006-07 is shown in table B.

Data collected centrally for both of these data series cannot be broken down lower than police force area level.

Table A: Number of serious1 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument, recorded by the police, and offences per 100,000 population-.England and Avon and Somerset, 2007-08

Total of selected serious offences2

Offences per 100,000 population

England

20,985

41

Avon and Somerset

360

23

1 Other offences exist that are not included in this table that may include the use of knife or sharp instrument. ‘Offences involving a knife’ refers to the use of a knife or sharp instrument.

2Total selected serious offences only included in the: attempted murder, wounding with intent to do GBH, wounding or inflicting GBH i.e. without intent, robbery of business property and robbery of personal property.

Table B: Offences currently recorded as homicides1 where a sharp instrument2 was used and there is a current suspect, 1997-98 to 2006-073, 4

England

Avon and Somerset

Number of offences

Offences per 100,000 population

Number of offences

Offences per 100,000 population

1997-98

191

0.39

3

0.20

1998-992

189

0.38

5

0.34

1999-00

204

0.41

5

0.34

2000-01

206

0.41

3

0.20

2001-023

247

0.49

4

0.26

2002-03

255

0.52

4

0.27

2003-04

239

0.48

4

0.27

2004-05

246

0.49

4

0.27

2005-06

212

0.42

2

0.13

2006-07

237

0.47

3

0.20

1As 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 Homicides involving any sharp instrument, including knives.

3 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.

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