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Offensive Weapons: Convictions

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of offences related to possession of a knife in each police force area in the East of England in each of the last 10 years. (283416)

Information showing the number of persons found guilty at all courts of

“having an article with a blade or point in a public place or on school premises”

in the East of England, broken down by police force area, from 1998 to 2007 (latest available) can be viewed in the table. Data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

We are determined to get knives off our streets. Through the Tackling Knives Action Programme we are working intensively in fifteen areas affected by knife crime to reduce the number of knives on the streets, as well as with the British Transport police.

In March 2009 we announced an extra £5 million to tackle knife crime and increase targeted police action to tackle a minority of young people who commit serious violence, regardless of the weapon involved.

Number of persons found guilty at all courts of “having an article with a blade or point in a public place or on school premises”, in the East of England region, broken down by police force area, 1998 to 20071, 2

Police force area

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Bedfordshire

36

23

40

32

40

57

68

78

61

62

Cambridgeshire

35

31

15

27

46

34

62

57

67

54

Essex

97

96

100

99

103

146

201

176

175

160

Hertfordshire

29

28

27

25

53

83

84

92

84

68

Norfolk

50

46

36

41

59

69

70

69

62

78

Suffolk

22

26

30

31

61

52

68

69

106

89

East of England

269

250

248

255

362

441

553

541

555

511

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