Official Statistics

Knife possession sentencing quarterly brief: January to March 2016

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



The report is released by the Ministry of Justice and produced in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.


This bulletin presents key statistics describing the trends in the number of offenders receiving cautions and convictions, and in the prison population for possession of knife offences 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 all three types of knife and weapon possession offences; possession offences of having an article with a blade or point in a public place or on school premises; possession of offensive weapon without lawful authority or reasonable excuse in a public place or on school premises and 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 for Prisons, Probation and Rehabilitation 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, Head of News and relevant press officers.

Home Office: Minister of State, Home Secretary, Lead Statistician, and relevant press officers and special advisers.

Published 9 June 2016
Last updated 9 June 2016 + show all updates
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