Firearm Offences as defined by section 81 of the Home Office Counting Rules for the offences and Gun Crime that could be any offence where a Gun has been used i.e. a robbery or an assault?
Please can I request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act?
Please tell me for each of the following CALENDAR years a) 2014 b) 2015 c) 2016 d) 2017 d) 2018 how many firearms offences committed by suspects under the age of 10 have been recorded by police.
For each case, please tell me a) the sex of the child b) the age of the child c) the offence committed, e.g. robbery, possession of a firearm etc d) a summary of the incident.
Please find enclosed our response.
Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.
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.
We have searched our records for Firearm Offences as defined by section 81 of the Home Office Counting Rules for the offences and Gun Crime i.e. a robbery or an assault and this returned 0 results.
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.