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Crimes of Violence

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported incidents of (a) attempted murder, (b) wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and (c) wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent by use of a knife or sharp instrument there have been in each police force area in each year since 1997. (281674)

Available information for knife and sharp instrument offences recorded by the police for selected offences are provided for 2007-08 only. Data are not available for previous years.

Data for 2008-09 will be published on 16 July. It should be noted that GBH offences for 2008-09 will not be comparable with those published for 2007-08.

This is due to a change in the clarification rules for recording GBH with intent, and a change in the definitional coverage of GBH without intent.

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

Number

Police force

Attempted murder

Wounding with intent to do GBH

Wounding or inflicting GBH without intent

Avon and Somerset

3

85

27

Bedfordshire

4

67

14

British Transport Police

0

11

1

Cambridgeshire

3

21

16

Cheshire

1

64

26

Cleveland

4

76

17

Cumbria

2

20

35

Derbyshire

2

49

28

Devon and Cornwall

5

127

45

Dorset

0

20

11

Durham

2

53

8

Dyfed-Powys

3

31

31

Essex

6

89

10

Gloucestershire

1

15

4

Greater Manchester

20

600

315

Gwent

1

79

8

Hampshire

7

88

108

Hertfordshire

8

46

35

Humberside

2

55

34

Kent

10

94

32

Lancashire

8

138

46

Leicestershire

5

99

25

Lincolnshire

0

29

9

London, City of

1

3

2

Merseyside

3

312

52

Metropolitan Police

59

878

869

Norfolk

1

22

13

North Wales

1

56

25

North Yorkshire

1

21

4

Northamptonshire

3

83

10

Northumbria

1

140

64

Nottinghamshire

5

122

27

South Wales

0

333

46

South Yorkshire

6

111

43

Staffordshire

1

34

75

Suffolk

2

33

42

Surrey

6

25

18

Sussex

2

62

84

Thames Valley

9

63

30

Warwickshire

2

41

14

West Mercia

1

43

20

West Midlands

14

561

370

West Yorkshire

10

306

75

Wiltshire

6

43

17

1 Includes racially or religiously aggravated wounding or inflicting GBH.