Gun Crime

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

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Photo of Mr Parmjit Gill Mr Parmjit Gill Liberal Democrat, Leicester South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) gun crimes and (b) arrests relating to gun crime there were in (i) England and (ii)each police force area in each year since 1997.

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

holding answer 24 March 2005

The number of gun crimes recorded by police in England and Wales is shown in the table. The introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard nationally in April 2002 means that data for years before and after this date are not directly comparable. Information for Scotland and Northern Ireland are matters for the respective Secretaries of State.

Statistics on the number of arrests relating to gun crime in England and Wales are not collected centrally.

Firearms offences (excluding air weapons) by police force area, 1997 to 2003–04
Police force area 1997(43) 1997–98 1998–99(44) 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02(45) 2002–03(46) 2003–04
North East Region
Cleveland 18 24 20 26 16 24 18 45
Durham 17 22 13 40 18 19 16 15
Northumbria 78 79 76 107 99 86 103 169
North West Region
Cheshire 22 21 32 22 44 50 31 44
Cumbria 8 6 11 5 13 9 13 11
Greater Manchester 620 591 647 875 935 1,361 1,240 1,275
Lancashire 71 67 50 78 59 103 66 58
Merseyside 127 142 286 240 278 299 318 483
Yorkshire and the Humber Region
Humberside 83 85 76 61 69 63 68 68
North Yorkshire 28 22 11 8 9 28 18 23
South Yorkshire 80 75 75 114 129 170 153 127
West Yorkshire 162 156 193 191 335 332 333 269
East Midlands Region
Derbyshire 69 62 52 65 72 58 73 75
Leicestershire 48 51 98 71 58 74 174 141
Lincolnshire 5 5 16 19 24 22 37 26
Northamptonshire 40 46 54 48 40 55 107 123
Nottinghamshire 120 132 112 173 157 204 264 233
West Midlands Region
Staffordshire 36 26 23 53 108 116 131 108
Warwickshire 20 22 20 14 39 53 62 102
West Mercia 36 30 38 36 41 54 48 62
West Midlands 428 432 407 664 816 1,289 1,101 1,138
East of England Region
Bedfordshire 43 40 46 56 48 82 86 89
Cambridgeshire 34 37 35 43 31 49 57 34
Essex (47) 58 63 47 61 77 98 148 145
Hertfordshire (47) 45 49 30 36 36 69 139 138
Norfolk 20 22 34 24 20 26 36 33
Suffolk 5 12 15 18 22 15 28 45
London Region
City of London 2 1 1 4 5 5 3 3
Metropolitan (47) 1,958 1,950 2,033 2,941 3,031 4,192 4,199 3,888
South East Region
Hampshire 29 33 38 52 49 58 97 130
Kent 100 113 76 109 108 60 64 65
Surrey(47) 31 31 35 42 52 40 34 88
Sussex 107 94 115 119 110 155 136 82
Thames Valley 109 95 96 107 198 267 362 421
South West Region
Avon and Somerset 55 65 71 103 100 131 119 123
Devon and Cornwall 40 41 75 81 64 52 36 84
Dorset 25 25 11 12 14 34 17 45
Gloucestershire 23 24 22 21 23 89 92 108
Wiltshire 19 17 19 10 13 26 60 53
Wales
Dyfed Powys 13 13 16 13 26 26 17 37
Gwent 19 19 26 19 11 18 52 74
North Wales 19 25 27 10 6 6 18 11
South Wales 34 38 31 52 67 56 74 47
England 4,819 4,808 5,109 6,749 7,360 9,917 10,087 10,169
Wales 85 95 100 94 110 106 161 169

(43)Information published for calendar years up to and including 1997 and financial years thereafter.

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

(45)Numbers of some recorded crimes may have been inflated by some police forces implementing the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard before 1 April 2002.

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

(47)Forces affected by boundary changes in April 2000.

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