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Offensive Weapons: Kent

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people aged 16 years and under were arrested for carrying knives in (a) Ashford, (b) Kent and (c) England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available. (283003)

The information requested on arrests is not collected centrally.

The arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, covering categories such as violence against the person and robbery. From these centrally reported data it is not possible to separate arrests for knife offences from the main offence groups.

The stop and search collections held by the Home Office cover searches and resultant arrests under various legislation, including those for offensive weapons. These data cannot separately identify searches and resultant arrests for the possession of knives.