Smuggling: Stun Guns

Home Office written question – answered on 13th September 2016.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2016 to Question 44370, how many stun weapons have been seized at the UK border in each year since 2011-12.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister for Immigration

Holding answer received on 13 September 2016

Table 1 - Number of stun weapons seized at the UK border each year since 2011-12

Year

Number of stun weapons seized

2012/13

425

2013/14

633

2014/15

604

2015/16

729

2016/17 (Apr to end Jun)

3,725

This is provisional management information that is subject to change due to continued reporting. Therefore it is not possible to assure the data to the standard of Official Statistics.

The figures for the reporting of stun weapons prior to 2012 had not been disaggregated from those of other firearms.

The figure for 2016/17 includes a seizure of 3,600 stun guns in May 2016. Following further investigation, it was deemed that the importation of the illegal items was as a result of administrative error as opposed to a deliberate act.

The figures refer to stun weapon seizures over the financial year (1 April - 31 March).

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