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’s 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, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Permanent Secretary, Policy advisers for Sentencing Policy and Penalties Unit, Head of the Community Sentences and Interventions in Youth Justice Policy Unit, Policy lead for Out of Court Disposals, Policy advisers for Out of Court Disposals, and relevant press officers and special advisers.
Home Office: Minister of State, Home Secretary, Head of Violent Crime Unit, Principle Research Officer - Alcohol and Violence, Senior Research Officer - Alcohol and Violence, Policy lead for Crime Strategy and Crime Statistics, and relevant press officers and special advisers.
Cabinet Office: Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister, special advisers to the Prime Minister.