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Knife crime (1547A/22)


I request the figures of young people (25 years old and below for the offender) – How many charged with any of the following offences from 01/01/2022-30/11/2022, please also include the NPU area for the crime / and age of offender:

  • Possession offences for Offensive Weapons, Knives, Blades
  • Possession of an Offensive Weapon in a Public Place
  • Possession of an article with a blade or point in a public place
  • Possession in Schools – Possession of an article with a blade or point or offensive weapon on education premises

2: Can I also request any data of knife attacks in 01/01/2022-30/11/2022 by people aged 25 and under that have resulted in a charge for the following offences.

murder, GBH, ABH and common assault.


Please find attached (1547A/22 attachment) our response.

Please note that this data goes up to the 20 Nov 2022 as we cannot, give data matters that have not yet occurred.  You asked for data up to 30th Nov 2022, we are unable to hold back a request until this time as would prevent us answering within the 20 working days.

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 considered 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 considered 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.


1547A 22 attachment