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Offensive Weapons: Young People

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under the age of 18 years have been caught carrying a knife in each year in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough and East Cleveland constituency in each year since 1997. (242383)

It is not presently possible to identify offences for those caught carrying a knife from the data centrally collected on overall recorded crime, or the penalties or sanctions that would have been associated with these offences. However, from April 2008 possession of an article with a blade or point has become a separate category in notifiable offences. Data for 2008-09 will be reported on in July 2009.

Since April 2007, police forces have been providing the Home Office with aggregate data on more serious violent offences in which a knife or sharp instrument was involved. Data relating to such offences recorded during 2007-08 were published in table 3.09 of the recent ‘Crime in England and Wales 2007-08’ statistical bulletin. This table is reproduced in Table A. Police force area is the lowest level for which we have data.

Table A: Knife and sharp instrument offences recorded by the police for selected offences, 2007-081

Numbers and percentages

Total of selected serious offences2

Attempted murder

Wounding with intent to do GBH

Wounding or inflicting GBH (i.e. without intent)3

Police force area and region

Offences involving a knife

Offences involving a knife

Offences involving a knife

Offences involving a knife

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

Cleveland

169

20

4

40

76

38

17

12

Durham

93

16

2

67

53

27

8

4

Northumbria

351

22

1

20

140

48

64

13

North East Region

613

20

7

39

269

39

89

11

Cheshire

224

23

1

17

64

32

26

13

Cumbria

73

28

2

100

20

45

35

21

Greater Manchester

2,294

20

20

20

600

43

315

14

Lancashire

361

18

8

44

138

26

46

9

Merseyside

757

22

3

9

312

35

52

7

North West Region

3,709

21

34

21

1,134

37

474

12

Humberside

267

17

2

40

55

23

34

10

North Yorkshire

66

12

1

20

21

15

4

2

South Yorkshire

381

20

6

43

111

33

43

14

West Yorkshire

915

21

10

45

306

37

75

12

Yorkshire and the Humber Region

1,629

19

19

41

493

32

1S6

11

Derbyshire

187

15

2

22

49

32

28

10

Leicestershire

294

19

5

45

99

33

25

14

Lincolnshire

71

18

0

0

29

20

9

12

Northamptonshire

216

17

3

27

83

42

10

5

Nottinghamshire

548

21

5

42

122

51

27

9

East Midlands Region

1,316

19

15

33

382

37

99

10

Staffordshire

219

13

1

25

34

50

75

9

Warwickshire

160

26

2

50

41

39

14

11

West Mercia

144

15

1

17

43

27

20

8

West Midlands

2,303

22

14

26

561

45

370

22

West Midlands Region

2,826

20

18

27

679

43

479

17

Bedfordshire

316

22

4

57

67

38

14

25

Cambridgeshire

100

11

3

50

21

13

16

11

Essex

289

16

6

40

89

30

10

7

Hertfordshire

222

19

8

89

46

26

35

15

Norfolk

67

12

1

100

22

15

13

12

Suffolk

118

22

2

50

33

48

42

22

East of England Region

1,112

17

24

57

278

27

130

15

London, City of

19

22

1

100

3

25

2

11

Metropolitan Police

7,409

18

59

50

878

48

869

32

London Region

7,428

18

60

61

881

48

871

32

Hampshire

388

18

7

50

88

36

108

14

Kent

327

18

10

71

94

25

32

12

Surrey

114

17

6

60

25

27

18

12

Sussex

274

20

2

29

62

47

84

24

Thames Valley

329

11

9

31

63

28

30

5

South East Region

1,432

16

34

46

332

31

272

13

Avon and Somerset

360

14

3

30

85

26

27

6

Devon and Cornwall

288

25

5

56

127

45

45

14

Dorset

47

9

0

0

20

31

11

5

Gloucestershire

85

18

1

33

15

17

4

4

Wiltshire

140

25

6

86

43

48

17

14

South West Region

920

17

15

43

290

34

104

9

England total

20,985

19

226

37

4,738

2,674

2,674

16

Dyfed-Powys

74

21

3

75

31

53

31

12

Gwent

130

17

1

50

79

22

8

5

North Wales

108

26

1

33

56

41

25

18

South Wales

685

28

0

0

333

38

46

13

Wales total

897

25

5

38

499

35

110

12

British Transport police

269

23

0

0

11

17

1

2

England and Wales

22,151

19

231

37

5,248

37

2,785

15

Numbers and percentages

Robbery of business property

Robbery of personal property

Police force area and region

Offences involving a knife

Offences involving a knife

No.

%

No.

%

Cleveland

16

40

56

12

Durham

13

45

17

11

Northumbria

45

34

101

15

North East Region

74

37

174

14

Cheshire

68

50

65

15

Cumbria

6

75

10

23

Greater Manchester

373

30

986

16

Lancashire

41

35

128

15

Merseyside

153

35

237

19

North West Region

641

33

1,426

16

Humberside

29

31

147

16

North Yorkshire

12

40

28

13

South Yorkshire

45

29

176

16

West Yorkshire

113

32

411

16

Yorkshire and the Humber Region

199

31

762

16

Derbyshire

24

28

84

12

Leicestershire

16

25

149

15

Lincolnshire

11

39

22

16

Northamptonshire

19

18

101

13

Nottinghamshire

56

28

338

18

East Midlands Region

126

26

694

16

Staffordshire

36

39

73

12

Warwickshire

31

31

72

26

West Mercia

19

25

61

13

West Midlands

192

29

1,166

17

West Midlands Region

278

30

1,372

16

Bedfordshire

32

35

199

18

Cambridgeshire

14

19

46

8

Essex

30

17

154

14

Hertfordshire

21

24

112

17

Norfolk

7

23

24

9

Suffolk

11

31

30

13

East of England Region

115

23

565

14

London, City of

1

50

12

23

Metropolitan Police

612

18

4,991

15

London Region

613

18

5,003

15

Hampshire

33

27

152

16

Kent

43

27

148

15

Surrey

29

29

36

12

Sussex

27

29

99

12

Thames Valley

47

19

180

10

South East Region

179

25

615

13

Avon and Somerset

17

16

228

13

Devon and Cornwall

33

45

78

17

Dorset

3

11

13

6

Gloucestershire

14

38

51

20

Wiltshire

22

52

52

17

South West Region

89

31

422

14

England total

2,314

26

11,033

15

Dyfed-Powys

3

50

6

15

Gwent

10

37

32

14

North Wales

0

0

26

19

South Wales

29

42

177

23

Wales total

42

41

241

21

British Transport Police

3

100

254

24

England and Wales

2,359

26

11,528

15

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

2 Total of selected serious offences only include the five offence types shown In this table.

3 Includes racially or religiously aggravated wounding or inflicting GBH.