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Offensive Weapons

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted of possession of a knife in each police force area in each year since 2007. (281675)

Information showing the number of persons found guilty at all courts for having an article with a blade or point in a public place or on school premises in England and Wales, broken down by police force area for 2007 (latest available) can be viewed in the table. Data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Number of persons found guilty at all courts for having an article with a blade or point in a public place or on school premises, England and Wales, 2007, broken down by police force area1, 2

Police force area

Number

Avon and Somerset

163

Bedfordshire

62

Cambridgeshire

54

Cheshire

108

City of London

9

Cleveland

90

Cumbria

46

Derbyshire

99

Devon and Cornwall

138

Dorset

63

Durham

92

Essex

160

Gloucestershire

41

Greater Manchester

394

Hampshire

169

Hertfordshire

68

Humberside

147

Kent

5

Lancashire

151

Leicestershire

118

Lincolnshire

47

Merseyside

215

Metropolitan Police

1,459

Norfolk

78

North Yorkshire

52

Northamptonshire

4

Northumbria

259

Nottinghamshire

152

South Yorkshire

138

Staffordshire

86

Suffolk

89

Surrey

42

Sussex

140

Thames Valley

139

Warwickshire

32

West Mercia

100

West Midlands

392

West Yorkshire

190

Wiltshire

48

Dyfed-Powys

35

Gwent

66

North Wales

89

South Wales

140

England and Wales

6,169

1 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Evidence and Analysis Unit, Office for Criminal Justice Reform.