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Firearms: Essex

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) handguns, (b) sawn-off shotguns and (c) unmodified shotguns were (i) used in crimes and (ii) confiscated in the Essex Constabulary area in each of the last five years. (295313)

Available data relate to crimes recorded by the police in Essex in which handguns, sawn-off shotguns and long-barrelled shotguns were reported to have been used, from 2003-04 up to and including 2007-08 and are shown in the following table.

Information on confiscated firearms is not available centrally.

Firearms are taken to be involved in a crime if they are fired, used as a blunt instrument, or used as a threat.

Crimes recorded by the police in Essex in which handguns, sawn-off shotguns and long-barrelled shotguns were reported to have been used, 2003-04 to 2007-08—Number of offences

Recorded crime

Principal weapon

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Handgun

84

37

76

86

66

Sawn-off shotgun

6

3

4

8

7

Long-barrelled shotgun

18

5

13

11

14