Knives: Crime

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 30th March 2016.

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Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Conservative, Wimbledon

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people aged 18 to 20 have received custodial sentences of under 12 months for knife crime offences in London since 2010.

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Knife crime has no place on our streets and the Government continues to work with the police and partners, including retailers, to ensure that we reduce violence and knife crime. The latest criminal justice statistics show that more people are getting custodial sentences for carrying a knife, and for longer.

Information on knife crimes is published regularly on gov.uk. The latest publication is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/knife-possession-sentencing-quarterly-brief-october-to-december-2015

The table below shows number of offenders aged 18-20 sentenced to immediate custody for less than 12 months for knife possession offences in London, 2010- 2014 the latest annual statistics.

Table 1: Number of offenders aged 18-20 sentenced to immediate custody for less than 12 months for knife possession offences in London, 2010- 2014

Year

Number of Offenders

2010

149

2011

166

2012

114

2013

128

2014

132

Source:

Ministry of Justice, Police National Computer (PNC)

Notes:

1. Data relates to offences prosecuted by a London Police Force and not for offenders that reside in London.

2. All data have been taken from the MoJ extract of the Police National Computer. This includes details of all convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings given for recordable offences (see www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2000/1139/schedule/made for definition). It is therefore possible that some offenders presented in the table above have previously also received convictions for offences not recorded on the PNC.

3. Knife possession offences include:

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse. Prevention of Crime Act 1953 Section 1.

• Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises. Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 139 A (2) as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 Section 4 (1).

• Having an article with a blade or a point in a public place. Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 139 (1) as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 Section 3 (1).

• Having an article with a blade or a point on school premises. Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 139 (2) as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 Section 4 (1).

• Threaten with an offensive weapon in a public place.

• Threaten with a blade/sharply pointed article on a school premises

• Threaten with an offensive weapon on a school premises.

• Threaten with a blade/sharply pointed article in a public place.

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