Data for selected offences involving the use of a knife or sharp instrument are collected by the Home Office at police force area level only, so data are not available for Pendle constituency or East Lancashire. Data are provided for Lancashire police force area.
In 2010-11, Lancashire police recorded 670 offences which involved a knife or a sharp instrument. The selected offences are: attempted murder, grievous bodily harm (with and without intent), actual bodily harm, threats to kill, robbery, sexual assault and rape offences.
Data for homicides involving the use of a knife or sharp instrument are collected via the Homicide Index. The most recently available data are for 2009-10. In this year, the police recorded 10 knife and sharp instrument homicides. Homicide data for 2010-11 will be available from January 2012.