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Crimes of Violence

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of incidents of violence against the person in each police force area in 2007-08 involved a (a) knife, (b) hitting implement, (c) glass or bottle, (d) stabbing implement, (e) firearm, (f) stone or stones, (g) syringe and (h) other implement. (256750)

The particular nature of incidents cannot be identified from the main recorded crime dataset. Available information is from the firearm offences database and relates only to violence against the person offences recorded by the police in England and Wales in which firearms (including air weapons) were reported to have been used.

Number and percentage of violence against the person offences in which firearms (including air weapons) were used1: England and Wales, 2007-08

Police force area

Number of firearm offences

Percentage of all violence against the person offences

North East Region

Cleveland

30

0.23

Durham

47

0.54

Northumbria

84

0.43

North West Region

Cheshire

45

0.30

Cumbria

21

0.26

Greater Manchester

757

1.51

Lancashire

212

0.85

Merseyside

206

0.99

Yorkshire and the Humber Region

Humberside

64

0.33

North Yorkshire

15

0.16

South Yorkshire

202

0.83

West Yorkshire

283

0.73

East Midlands Region

Derbyshire

86

0.51

Leicestershire

107

0.57

Lincolnshire

50

0.53

Northamptonshire

100

0.94

Nottinghamshire

180

0.91

West Midlands Region

Staffordshire

123

0.62

Warwickshire

66

0.88

West Mercia

130

0.83

West Midlands

507

0.95

East of England Region

Bedfordshire

44

0.58

Cambridgeshire

23

0.22

Essex

165

0.71

Hertfordshire

92

0.69

Norfolk

36

0.36

Suffolk

38

0.40

London Region

1,334

0.77

South East Region

Hampshire

90

0.23

Kent

99

0.39

Surrey

55

0.39

Sussex

81

0.32

Thames Valley

144

0.34

South West Region

Avon and Somerset

107

0.39

Devon and Cornwall

126

0.54

Dorset

11

0.10

Gloucestershire

57

0.61

Wiltshire

43

0.53

Wales

Dyfed Powys

24

0.40

Gwent

58

0.57

North Wales

65

0.59

South Wales

78

0.35

England and Wales

6,085

0.64

1 By weapon being fired, used as a blunt instrument or in a threat.