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Nick de Bois (Enfield North, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many individuals aged 18 or younger were prosecuted for carrying a bladed or pointed article in a public place in England and Wales in each year since 2006;

(2) how many individuals aged 18 or younger received custodial sentences for carrying a bladed or pointed article in a public place in England and Wales in each year since 2006.

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Crispin Blunt (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation); Reigate, Conservative)

Persons aged 18 and under proceeded against at magistrates courts and sentenced to immediate custody at all courts for carrying a bladed or pointed article in a public place in England and Wales, from 2006 to 2010 (latest available) can be viewed in the following table.

Court proceedings data for 2011 are planned for publication in the spring 2012.

Persons aged 18 and under p roceeded against at magistrates courts and sentenced to immediate custody at all courts for carrying a bladed or pointed article in a public place, England and Wales, 2006-10 (1,) () (2,) () (3)
Statute Offence Proceeded against Immediate custody
Criminal Justice Act 1988, S.139 Having an article with a blade or point in a public place 2006 1,853 111
    2007 1,834 126
    (4)2008 1,826 163
    2009 1,957 181
    2010 1,613 130
(1) The figures given in the table on court proceedings 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 it 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. (3) The figures presented here have been taken from the Ministry of Justices court proceedings database and are a record of the sentences passed in courts, they will differ from the figures presented in the figures published in the 'Knife Crime Sentencing--Quarterly brief which are drawn from the Police National Computer. (4) Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July and August 2008. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

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