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Knife and offensive weapon sentencing statistics

A statistical release on trends in cautioning and sentencing of knife or offensive weapon offences.

This series of publications contain key statistics describing trends in cautioning and sentencing for offences involving the possession of a knife or offensive weapon in England and Wales.

Statistical notice - Change to publication schedule

  1. The knife and offensive weapon sentencing statistics are published quarterly presenting key statistics on knife and offensive weapon offences dealt with by the Criminal Justice System.

  2. These statistics are currently released three months after the offences are dealt with. For example, figures for the year to September 2020 are published in December 2020. This is not in line with other sentencing statistics published by the Ministry of Justice, which have a five-month delay.

  3. Following internal discussion with stakeholders it has been decided to change the timing of the knife possession and offensive weapon statistics so that it is consistent with other sentencing statistics published by the MoJ.

  4. The next releases of knife and offensive weapon statistics for the year ending December 2020 will be released on 20 May 2021 and every quarter thereafter. A full list of future publications can be found on our release calendar.

Contact details and further information

Press enquiries should be directed to the Ministry of Justice press office:

Tel: 020 3334 3536 Email: newsdesk@justice.gov.uk

Other queries or comments should be directed to the PNC and criminal histories statistics team:

Chandni Lakhani Head of PNC and criminal histories team Ministry of Justice Email: CJS_Statistics@justice.gov.uk

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Alternative format versions of this report are available on request from statistics.enquiries@justice.gsi.gov.uk

Documents

Published 19 September 2013
Last updated 10 December 2015 + show all updates
  1. New data for July to September 2015 added

  2. January to March 2015 statistics added.

  3. October to December 2014 statistics added

  4. Knife possession sentencing quarterly brief: July to September 2014 published.

  5. Knife possession sentencing quarterly brief for April to June 2014 published.

  6. Knife possession sentencing quarterly brief from January to March 2014 added.

  7. Knife possession sentencing quarterly brief, October 2013 to December 2013 published.

  8. First published.