Offensive Weapons: Young Offenders

Justice written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Home Affairs, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice & Lord Chancellor, Ministry of Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2008, Official Report, column 1620W, on offensive weapons: young people, what sentence was imposed in each case in each year; and, where fines were imposed, what the (a) smallest, (b) largest and (c) average fine imposed was in each year.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Statistics on the number of persons sentenced for the offence of selling knives to persons under 18 by result are contained in the following table.

Number of persons sentenced( 1) by result for the offence of selling a knife to a person under 18 years, all courts, England and Wales, 2002-06
Number of persons
Offence description Year Total proceeded against( 2) Absolute/ conditional discharge Fine Community sentence Fully suspended sentence Immediate custody Otherwise dealt with
Selling to a person under the age of 18 years a knife, knife blade, razor blade, axe or any other article which has a blade, that is sharply pointed and which is made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person 2002 4 3
2003 9 2 6 1
2004 6 2 2 1
2005 19 1 18
2006 43 5 27 1 2
(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.

(2) Will include cases that were withdrawn or dismissed.

Note:

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Source:

OMS Analytical Services

Statistics on the numbers fined by amount of fine is contained in the following table:

Number of persons given fines by amount for the offence of selling a knife to a person under 18 years, all courts, England and Wales, 2002-06
Number of persons
Offence description Year Over £50 and up to £100 Over £100 and up to £150 Over £150 and up to £200 Over £200 and up to £250 Over £250 and up to £300 Over £300 and up to £500 Over £500 and up to £750 Over £750 and up to £1000 Over £1000
Selling to a person under the age of 18 years a knife, knife blade, razor blade, axe or any other article which has a blade, that is sharply pointed and which is made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person 2002 1 1 1
2003 2 2 1 1
2004 1 1
2005 2 1 1 2 6 3 1 2
2006 6 2 6 4 5 1 2 1
Note:

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Source:

OMS Analytical Services

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