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Incidents and Arrests Involving a Knife or Sharp Instrument since 2013

Question

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to know, of all the incidents involving a knife or sharp instrument that you recorded (in the time frames below), how many: 

- led to arrest (one or multiple) 

- led to charges being made (to one person or multiple people) 

- led to no action being taken - went unsolved

The time frames I would this information for are:

September 2015 - August 2016

September 2014 - August 2015

September 2013 - August 2014

Please could you could send me the percentage as well as the figures.

Answer

Please find the information below. We have used ‘Bladed Instrument’ & ‘Glass’ Weapon marker for offences that match the Knife Crime Home Office Return that we send.

You will notice there is a greater number of outcomes reported crimes. This is because in some cases more than one suspect has been recorded for one crime. In addition those charged may also be counted in the figure for arrests. 

Dates

Total Knife Crime

Arrests

Charges

Unresolved

Sept 13 to Aug 14

519

589

324

329

Sept 14 to Aug 15

440

433

253

251

Sept 15 to Aug 16

675

524

272

366

FOI reference: 1164/16.

Date of request: 20.09.16.