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Offensive Weapons: Convictions

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) under 18-year-olds and (b) 18-year-olds and over were convicted in each police authority area of illegally carrying (i) knives and (ii) other weapons in (A) 2007-08 and (B) 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. (290972)

[holding answer 14 September 2009]: The information is provided by the Ministry of Justice.

Information showing the number of defendants found guilty at all courts of illegally carrying knives and other weapons in England and Wales, broken down by age and force for 2007 (latest available) can be viewed in the table. Court proceedings data are published by calendar year; 2007 is the latest available, data for 2008 are due to be available towards the end 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 defendants found guilty at all courts for illegally carrying knives1 and other weapons2, England and Wales, by age and force, 20073, 4

Force

Age

Knives

Other weapons

Avon and Somerset

10-17

29

29

18 and over

134

148

Total

163

177

Bedfordshire

10-17

19

13

18 and over

43

75

Total

62

88

Cambridgeshire

10-17

11

11

18 and over

43

64

Total

54

75

Cheshire

10-17

15

20

18 and over

93

92

Total

108

112

City of London

10-17

0

0

18 and over

9

7

Total

9

7

Cleveland

10-17

15

15

18 and over

75

97

Total

90

112

Cumbria

10-17

8

16

18 and over

38

73

Total

46

89

Derbyshire

10-17

21

25

18 and over

78

118

Total

99

143

Devon and Cornwall

10-17

19

21

18 and over

119

95

Total

138

116

Dorset

10-17

13

11

18 and over

50

54

Total

63

65

Durham

10-17

21

33

18 and over

71

89

Total

92

122

Essex

10-17

32

43

18 and over

128

135

Total

160

178

Gloucestershire

10-17

10

17

18 and over

31

36

Total

41

53

Greater Manchester

10-17

76

125

18 and over

318

480

Total

394

605

Hampshire

10-17

37

58

18 and over

132

184

Total

169

242

Hertfordshire

10-17

18

29

18 and over

50

90

Total

68

119

Humberside

10-17

27

34

18 and over

120

112

Total

147

146

Kent

10-17

0

36

18 and over

5

152

Total

5

188

Lancashire

10-17

24

64

18 and over

127

200

Total

151

264

Leicestershire

10-17

26

40

18 and over

92

132

Total

118

172

Lincolnshire

10-17

4

16

18 and over

43

58

Total

47

74

Merseyside

10-17

39

67

18 and over

176

290

Total

215

357

Metropolitan Police

10-17

321

415

18 and over

1,138

1,448

Total

1,459

1,863

Norfolk

10-17

8

15

18 and over

70

66

Total

78

81

North Yorkshire

10-17

12

25

18 and over

40

77

Total

52

102

Northamptonshire

10-17

1

6

18 and over

3

33

Total

4

39

Northumbria

10-17

62

76

18 and over

197

269

Total

259

345

Nottinghamshire

10-17

35

48

18 and over

117

165

Total

152

213

South Yorkshire

10-17

31

47

18 and over

107

163

Total

138

210

Staffordshire

10-17

21

30

18 and over

65

138

Total

86

168

Suffolk

10-17

17

17

18 and over

72

66

Total

89

83

Surrey

10-17

5

12

18 and over

37

46

Total

42

58

Sussex

10-17

31

34

18 and over

109

119

Total

140

153

Thames Valley

10-17

25

41

18 and over

114

153

Total

139

194

Warwickshire

10-17

6

8

18 and over

26

43

Total

32

51

West Mercia

10-17

19

21

18 and over

81

101

Total

100

122

West Midlands

10-17

77

121

18 and over

315

420

Total

392

541

West Yorkshire

10-17

36

60

18 and over

154

265

Total

190

325

Wiltshire

10-17

11

9

18 and over

37

48

Total

48

57

Dyfed-Powys

10-17

9

6

18 and over

26

28

Total

35

34

Gwent

10-17

13

12

18 and over

53

72

Total

66

84

North Wales

10-17

10

21

18 and over

79

94

Total

89

115

South Wales

10-17

16

33

18 and over

124

209

Total

140

242

England and Wales

10-17

1230

1780

18 and over

4939

6804

Total

6,169

8,584

1 Covers;

Criminal Justice Act 1988 S139, S139A(1)(5)(a)

2 Covers;

Criminal Justice Act 1988 S139A(2)(5)(b).

Firearms Act 1968 S1(1). S5(1). S5(1)(b),S5(1A)(b)('c),(d)(e)(f) or (g), 5(1A)(a), S2(1), S16.S16A, S17(2), S18 (1), S19, S21(4) S22(2),(3)1(4),{5).

Prevention of Crime Act 1953 S1(1).

3 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.

4 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

Ref: IOS 445-09