Offensive Weapons: Yorkshire and Humberside

Home Department written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Conservative, Beverley and Holderness

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) warnings, (b) cautions and (c) charges were issued for possession of knives in each of the last 10 years, in each police authority area in Yorkshire and the Humber, broken down by age category; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

The number of offenders issued with final warnings and cautions, and the number of defendants 'proceeded against' at magistrates courts, for offences involving the possession of knives in each police force area in the Yorkshire and the Humber area by age group for the years 1997 to 2006 is shown in tables 1 to 4. Court proceedings data for 2007 will not be available until the autumn of 2008. Charging data are not held centrally, so information on the number of individuals proceeded against has been provided in lieu of charging data.

These data are on the principal offence basis. 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, the offence selected is the one 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.

Table 1: The number of offenders issued with final warnings and cautions, and the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences relating to possession of knives, by certain age groups, in Humberside police force area, 1997 to 2006( 1,2,3,4)
Final warning Total cautioned( 3) Proceeded against
Age 10 to 17
1997 Nil 6 9
1998 Nil 10 8
1999 Nil 9 13
2000 Nil 5 18
2001 4 7 18
2002 1 4 18
2003 Nil 2 13
2004 Nil 4 18
2005 3 22 23
2006 3 12 37
Age 18 to 20
1997 Nil 2 9
1998 Nil 4 12
1999 Nil 2 13
2000 Nil 1 17
2001 Nil 2 6
2002 Nil 3 18
2003 Nil 1 19
2004 Nil 1 22
2005 Nil 4 20
2006 Nil 13 18
Age 21 and over
1997 Nil 2 42
1998 Nil 1 44
1999 Nil 6 54
2000 Nil 3 30
2001 Nil 1 37
2002 Nil 2 45
2003 Nil Nil 47
2004 Nil 5 81
2005 Nil 18 80
2006 Nil 25 80
(1)These data are on the principal offence basis.

(2)From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and final warnings. The total figure of reprimands and final warnings makes up cautions.

(3)Data include the following statutes and corresponding offence descriptions:

Criminal Justice Act 1988 5.139(1) and (6): Have blade/article which was sharply pointed in public place

Criminal Justice Act 1988 S.139AU): Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

Note:

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, other agencies, 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.

Source:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

Table 2: The number of offenders issued with final warnings and cautions, and the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences relating to possession of knives, by certain age groups, in North Yorkshire police force area, 1997 to 2006( 1,2,3,4)
Final warning Total cautioned( 3) Proceeded against
Age 10 to 17
1997 Nil 3 9
1998 Nil 5 3
1999 Nil 4 6
2000 1 10 13
2001 6 9 11
2002 3 9 11
2003 3 5 11
2004 6 14 16
2005 4 9 11
2006 2 9 20
Age 18 to 20
1997 Nil 1 8
1998 Nil 2 6
1999 Nil 3 12
2000 Nil 2 10
2001 Nil Nil 10
2002 Nil 6 7
2003 Nil 6 11
2004 Nil 2 25
2005 Nil 5 11
2006 Nil 7 9
Age 21 and over
1997 Nil 3 30
1998 Nil 2 30
1999 Nil 5 34
2000 Nil 5 31
2001 Nil 7 43
2002 Nil 3 47
2003 Nil 7 41
2004 Nil 4 48
2005 Nil 11 58
2006 Nil 8 41
(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.

(2) From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and final warnings. The total figure of reprimands and final warnings makes up cautions.

(3) Data include the following statutes and corresponding offence descriptions:

Criminal Justice Act 1988 5.139(1) and (6): Have blade/article which was sharply pointed in public place

Criminal Justice Act 1988 S.139A(1): Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

Note:

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, other agencies, 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.

Source:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

Table 3: The number of offenders issued with final warnings and cautions, and the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences relating to possession of knives, by certain age groups, in South Yorkshire police force area, 1997 to 2006( 1,2,3,4)
Final warning Total cautioned( 3) Proceeded against
Age 10 to 17
1997 Nil 4 12
1998 Nil 2 14
1999 2 3 18
2000 2 12 23
2001 3 17 28
2002 3 13 48
2003 5 13 37
2004 7 24 29
2005 19 49 39
2006 20 48 45
Age 18 to 20
1997 Nil Nil 11
1998 Nil Nil 14
1999 Nil 1 10
2000 Nil 1 17
2001 Nil Nil 27
2002 Nil 2 38
2003 Nil 2 22
2004 Nil 5 26
2005 Nil 10 31
2006 Nil 17 25
Age 21 and over
1997 Nil Nil 45
1998 Nil Nil 44
1999 Nil Nil 59
2000 Nil 2 51
2001 Nil 1 93
2002 Nil 3 115
2003 Nil 2 150
2004 Nil 9 108
2005 Nil 34 127
2006 Nil 58 99
(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.

(2) From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and final warnings. The total figure of reprimands and final warnings makes up cautions.

(3) Data include the following statutes and corresponding offence descriptions:

Criminal Justice Act 1988 S.139(l) and (6): Have blade/article which was sharply pointed in public place

Criminal Justice Act 1988 S.139A(1): Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

Note:

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, other agencies, 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.

Source:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

Table 4: The number of offenders issued with final warnings and cautions, and the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences relating to possession of knives, by certain age groups, in West Yorkshire police force area, 1997 to 2006( 1,2,3,4)
Final warning Total cautioned( 3) Proceeded against
Age 10 to 17
1997 Nil Nil 15
1998 Nil 5 7
1999 - 6 16
2000 1 13 12
2001 5 12 21
2002 5 13 25
2003 2 11 23
2004 3 13 49
2005 3 33 31
2006 8 28 33
Age 18 to 20
1997 Nil Nil 8
1998 Nil 2 11
1999 Nil 1 10
2000 Nil Nil 16
2001 Nil 4 23
2002 Nil 4 22
2003 Nil 2 29
2004 Nil 6 26
2005 Nil 11 32
2006 Nil 11 22
Age 21 and over
1997 Nil Nil 30
1998 Nil 1 47
1999 Nil 5 59
2000 Nil 7 54
2001 Nil 4 72
2002 Nil 7 110
2003 Nil 9 87
2004 Nil 14 126
2005 Nil 28 151
2006 Nil 29 159
(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.

(2) From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and final warnings. The total figure of reprimands and final warnings makes up cautions.

(3) Data include the following statutes and corresponding offence descriptions:

Criminal Justice Act 1988 S. 139(1) and (6): Have blade/article which was sharply pointed in public place

Criminal Justice Act 1988 S.139A(1): Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

Note:

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, other agencies, 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.

Source:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

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