Knife Crime

Home Department written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Somalis were convicted of knife crimes in England and Wales in 2005.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State, Home Office

It is not possible to disaggregate offences using knives, other than the offence of possession of an article with a blade or point in a public place, and homicide using a sharp instrument, from offences of violence against the person, eg grievous bodily harm. It is also not possible to identify the nationality of defendants prosecuted for offences involving knives on the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, as the individual circumstances of defendants are not collected centrally.

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