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Knives: Greater London

Home Office written question – answered on 28th November 2014.

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Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of knife crime were recorded by the Metropolitan Police in (a) Greater London and (b) Lambeth in each year from 2005 to date.

Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of gun crime were recorded by the Metropolitan Police in (a) Greater London and (b) Lambeth in each year from 2005 to date.

Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how her Department defines gang related incidents when recording incidences; how many incidents of gang related crime were recorded by the Metropolitan Police in (a) Greater London and (b) Lambeth in each year from 2005 to 2014.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Minister of State, Home Department

The number of offences recorded by the Metropolitan Police involving knives and firearms are shown in Tables A and B respectively. The figures are not available below police force area.

The number of offences involving knives has been collected by the Home Office since 2008/09.

The number of selected offences involving a knife or sharp instrument recorded by the Metropolitan police has fallen by 20% between 2008/09 and the year ending June 2014. The number of offences involving firearms recorded by the Metropolitan police has fallen by 60% between 2005/06 and the year ending June 2014.

The Home Office has not issued any definition of gang-related crime for the purposes of recording such crime by local police forces. The Home Office does not collect data on number of gang related crimes recorded by the police.

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