Knife Crime (5443_14)

Request

1. Could I have figures for all knife related crimes/crimes involving a knife (where a knife is used as a weapon) in the West Midlands between 1st October 2011 and the 1st September 2012. Please could you break this down by type of crime and age of people involved (both the victim and offender).

2. Could I have figures for all knife related crimes/crimes involving a knife (where a knife is used as a weapon) in the West Midlands between 1st October 2012 and the 1st September 2013. Please could you break this down by type of crime and age of people involved (both the victim and offender).

3. Could I have figures for all knife related crimes/crimes involving a knife (where a knife is used as a weapon) in the West Midlands since the 1st October last year (2013) Please could you break this down by type of crime and age of people involved (both the victim and offender).

Response

Please find attached (5443_attachment_01.pdf).

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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