Firearm offences for juvenilles (121A/20)

Request

1) For each of the last two financial years (18/19) and (19/20) please state how many juveniles (children aged UNDER 18) you arrested on suspicion of having committed a firearms offence.

2) For the (19/20) year please provide a grid showing the number of arrests for each individual age from 10 to 17 inclusive.

By “firearms offences” I mean the following crimes with their Home Office coding:

10A Possession of firearms with intent,

10B Possession of firearms offences,

81.3 Other firearms offences

115 Firearms Act offences

81.1 and 81.2 Firearms Offences

Response

Q1: For each of the last two financial years (18/19) and (19/20) please state how many juveniles (children aged UNDER 18) you arrested on suspicion of having committed a firearms offence

2018/19 75
2019/20 73

Q2: For the (19/20) year please provide a grid showing the number of arrests for each individual age from 10 to 17 inclusive.

Age Number of arrests
12 1
13 2
14 5
15 14
16 24
17 27
Grand Total 73

 

Please note that for question 2 the following offences were recorded:

 

Possess a firearm without a certificate.

Possess ammunition for a firearm without a certificate.

Possess a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Possess an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Possess a firearm with intent to endanger life / enable another to do so.

Possess imitation firearm – committing Schedule 1 offence.

Possess an imitation firearm in a public place – Firearms Act 1968.

Conspire to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life / enable another to do so.

Possess firearm while committing Schedule 1 offence.

Possess a firearm of length less than 30cm / 60cm – prohibited weapon.

Attempt to possess a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence

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.

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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