To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners convicted of knife or gun-related offences served their full sentence in each of the last 10 years, broken down by type of crime.
It is not possible to identify those crimes in which a gun or a knife was used as these will be charged according to the generic offence, for example, murder, manslaughter, wounding, etc. The only statistics available are those for specific weapons related offences, which are largely for possession. The following table shows the number of persons sentenced to immediate custody for indictable offences relating to weapons.
All offenders sentenced to custody serve their full sentence as prescribed by law. A custodial sentence comprises two parts. The first part is spent in custody and the second part is served on licence in the community. In addition, some offenders subject to determinate sentences may benefit from the home detention curfew (HDC), early removal scheme (ERS) or end of custody licence (ECL) scheme, which provide for release earlier than the statutory release date of the sentence under certain circumstances. Certain violent offenders are presumed unsuitable for HDC unless there are exceptional circumstances and are ineligible for ECL. In addition, certain categories of prisoner are currently excluded from ERS, for example, extended sentence prisoners and those subject to sex offender registration. None of these schemes apply to prisoners serving an indeterminate sentence. These sentences do not have a statutory release date and release is determined by the Parole Board.
|Persons sentenced( 1) to immediate custody for offences relating to weapons|
|Wounding etc.||Possession of firearms etc., with intent to endanger life||122||133||123||66||43||46||46||36||31||31||37|
|Using etc. firearms or imitation firearms with intent to resist arrest etc.||11||8||7||9||5||5||3||8||6||9||6|
|Other wounding, etc||Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse||401||509||585||554||595||634||787||760||817||829||788|
|Possessing firearm or imitation firearm at time of committing or being arrested for an offence||12||13||28||23||36||38||46||50||36||39||52|
|Possessing firearm or imitation firearm with intent to commit indictable offence||48||34||46||49||61||66||59||44||60||30||36|
|Possession of a firearm or imitation firearm, with intent to cause fear of violence||68||60||67||135||142||195||209||253||252||256||211|
|Having an article with a blade or point in a public place||56||372||550||534||499||589||766||755||803||965||1,065|
|Having an article with a blade or point on school premises||—||3||—||2||7||3||7||6||12||5||13|
|Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises||1||4||5||3||6||3||5||4||4||3||3|
|Firearms Act||Possessing etc. firearms or ammunition without firearm certificate||180||167||110||85||55||61||55||97||92||63||74|
|Trading in firearms without being registered as a firearms dealer||—||1||1||—||—||1||—||—||1||—||1|
|Selling firearm to person without a certificate||1||4||1||1||1||—||1||—||—||2||—|
|Repairing, testing etc. firearm for person without a certificate||—||1||1||—||—||—||—||—||—||2||—|
|Shortening a shotgun or other smooth bore gun||10||9||4||4||—||—||4||—||—||1||—|
|Conversion of firearms||2||2||—||1||—||1||2||7||5||—||1|
|Possessing or distributing prohibited weapons or ammunition||108||107||171||138||143||131||176||216||252||242||212|
|Carrying loaded firearm in public place||31||31||32||17||20||17||31||37||33||29||23|
|Trespassing with firearm or imitation firearm in a building||1||—||—||2||—||4||—||—||2||1||2|
|Possession of firearms by persons previously convicted of crime||40||45||48||53||55||32||38||38||55||57||46|
|Failure to notify Police of deactivation, destruction or loss of firearms or ammunition||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||1||—|
|Possessing or distributing prohibited weapons designed for discharge of noxious liquid etc.||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||27||75||88|
|Possessing or distributing firearms disguised as other objects||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||1||—||—|
|Possessing or distributing other prohibited weapons||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||3||1||2|
|Knives Act||Unlawful marketing or selling of knives||—||—||—||—||1||—||—||1||—||—||—|
|Publication of any material likely to stimulate or encourage violent behaviour involving use of the knife as a weapon||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||2|
|(1) Principal offence |
1. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems.
2. 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.
OMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice