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Firearms: Injuries

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) the North East and (d) Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency were (i) fatally and (ii) non-fatally wounded by a firearm in each year since 1997. (302928)

Available information relates to crimes recorded by the police in which firearms (excluding air weapons) were reported to have been used, resulting in fatal and non-fatal injury in England and Wales, England, the North East region and Cleveland police force area. Constituency level data are not collected centrally. Data for the period 1997-98 up to and including 2007-08 are given in the following table. Figures for 2008-09, including a breakdown by police force area, will be published on 21 January 2010.

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 which firearms (excluding air weapons) were reported to have been used1, resulting in fatal and non-fatal2 injury, England and Wales, England, North East Region3 and Cleveland; 1997-98 to2007-08

Injury type

1997-98

Fatal injury

Non-fatal injury

England and Wales

54

750

England

52

745

North East Region

1

13

Cleveland

7

1998-994

England and Wales

50

815

England

50

807

North East Region

5

12

Cleveland

1

2

1999-2000

England and Wales

62

1,133

England

62

1,124

North east region

6

11

Cleveland

2

3

2000-01

England and Wales

72

1,310

England

71

1,275

North East Region

2

12

Cleveland

3

2001-025

England and Wales

96

1,783

England

94

1,761

North East Region

7

Cleveland

2

2002-036

England and Wales

80

2,099

England

78

2,041

North East Region

17

Cleveland

3

2003-04

England and Wales

68

2,299

England

68

2,245

North East Region

77

Cleveland

17

2004-057

England and Wales

76

3,828

England

76

3,704

North East Region

1

101

Cleveland

14

2005-06

England and Wales

49

3,773

England

48

3,679

North East Region

75

Cleveland

28

2006-07

England and Wales

56

2,955

England

56

2,855

North East Region

5

48

Cleveland

1

1

2007-08

England and Wales

53

3,188

England

53

3,101

North East Region

1

54

Cleveland

6

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

2 Non-fatal injuries include serious and slight injuries.

3 The Northeast Region includes: Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria police forces.

4 There was a change in the counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998.

5 Figures may have been inflated by some police forces implementing the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard before 1 April 2002.

6 The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced on 1 April 2002. Figures for some crime categories may have been inflated by this.

7 More explicit guidelines for the classification of weapons introduced on 1 April 2004 may have increased the recording of firearm offences, particularly those committed by imitation weapons.