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Weapons in schools (12501/19)


Amended request

 Please provide the following offences, by NPU and Outcome.

Threaten with an offensive weapon on school premises
Possession of other offensive weapon on school premises without lawful authority or reasonable excuse
Having article with a blade or point on school premises
Threaten with a blade or sharply pointed article on school premises

Please provide this data for the calendar years 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014

A list of the weapons as a result of these offences (if available)


The other forces just provided me a list of all offences which involved an offensive weapon, is this possible? Otherwise please send over whatever you think is appropriate


The number of offences involving a weapon where the offence was committed on a school property

Please break this down by Local Authority District

Please provide this data for the calendar years 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014

A list of the weapons confiscated as a result of these offences (if available)


Please find attached 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.

 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.