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Firearm Offences

Home Department written question – answered on 7th April 2005.

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Photo of Stephen Hepburn Stephen Hepburn Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been killed by a handgun in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since 1997.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The available information is given in the table.

Data collected centrally for recorded crime involving firearms in England and Wales is only available at police force level. Information for the Jarrow constituency and South Tyneside is therefore included in data for Northumbria police.

Recorded offences of homicide where the weapon was a handgun -- Number
Northumbria North east region England and Wales
1997 0 0 43
1998–99 1 2 28
1999–2000 0 0 42
2000–01 1 1 48
2001–02 0 0 59
2002–03 0 0 40
2003–04 0 0 35


Firearms offences were published on a calendar year basis up to 1997, and on a financial year basis thereafter.

There was a change in the counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998 and the National Crime Recording Standard was introduced nationally on 1 April 2002. Figures for some crime categories may have been inflated by these changes.

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