This bulletin presents key statistics describing the trends in cautioning and sentencing, probation supervision and the prison population for possession of a knife or offensive weapon in England and Wales. This bulletin does not cover all knife crimes (offences involving a knife) as published by the Office for National Statistics.
The information presented combines both offences of possession of an article with a blade or point and offences of possession of an offensive weapon. Also included in this bulletin are statistics on the recently introduced offences of aggravated possession of a knife or offensive weapon.
The bulletin is produced and handled by the Ministry of Justice’s (MOJ) analytical professionals and production staff. Pre-release access of up to 24 hours is granted to the following persons:
Ministry of Justice
Secretary of State, MOJ ministers and special advisors, Permanent Secretary, sentencing and effective sentencing policy advisors, criminal and civil law policy advisor, youth justice policy advisor, ending gangs and youth violence policy advisor, domestic criminal law policy advisor, head of news and relevant press officers.
Minister of State, Home Secretary, lead statistician, and relevant press officers and special advisers.
Special advisers to the Deputy Prime Minister.
The bulletin is released by the MOJ and produced in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.