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Knives: Crime

Home Department written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the level of knife crime in (a) East Lancashire and (b) Pendle constituency.

Photo of Nick Herbert Nick Herbert The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

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.

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