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Crimes Involving a Machete in 2016

Question

1. For the months of November and December 2016 how many crimes were logged by your force where a machete was recorded as being an element in the offence? [Note: I would hope that this could be achieved by a computer search on the MO of crimes for the words "machete" or variants of the spelling to include "machette" and "machetes".

2. Please provide me with a table showing a breakdown of the crimes from Q.1 that are `linked’ to machete/s by its mention in the MO.

3.Taking the month of December 2016 please provide me with copies of the first 5 MOs that mention machetes. [Note: To avoid falling into an exemption I am content for names, ages, geography or any other personal detail to be redacted].

Answer

In relation to questions 1 and 2 please find the information in the tables below:

 

 

Nov 2016

Dec 2016

Sum:

Burglary

Aggravated Burglary in a Dwelling

2

1

3

Burglary

Other Burglary in a Dwelling

 

1

1

Drug Offences

Possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply - Heroin

 

1

1

Other Offences

Affray

1

 

1

Other Offences

Violent disorder

 

1

1

Violence Against The Person

Fear or provocation of violence

4

1

5

Violence Against The Person

Possession of offensive weapon without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

 

2

2

Violence Against The Person

Sending letters etc with intent to cause distress or anxiety (Mal Comms)

 

1

1

Violence Against The Person

Threats to kill

1

 

1

Violence Against The Person

Wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm

3

1

4

Sum:

                                                                     

11

9

20

With regards to question 3 please find the information below: 

1

Offenders forced entry they entered the address, 1 carrying a machette and 1 carrying a meat cleaver 

2

Unknown offender/s have entered street and stolen a garden machete and a bendy machete that has been used for gardening. There is also evidence that a party has taken place at the address

3

Council CCTV sighted suspect carrying a large knife/ machete, they walked down road and was lost to sight. Area tour by officers. Taser was used. Suspect searched and found in possession of drugs

4

A vehicle was searched by police after it crashed. Seized from inside was a baseball bat and machete.

5

Suspects were stopped by police leaving the scene of a disorder. Under the front passenger seat of the car officers found a machette, and arrested for being in possession of an offensive weapon.

FOI reference: 115/17.

Date of request: 26.01.17.