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 MOJ’s analytical professionals and production staff. Pre-release access of up to 24 hours is granted to the following persons:
Ministry of Justice (MOJ):
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice; Minister of State for Justice; Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Prisons Probation, and Sentencing; Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Victims, Youth and Family Justice; Lords Spokesman for Justice; Permanent Secretary; Minister Special Advisers and Private Secretaries; Head of Criminal Law & Sentencing Policy Unit; Policy adviser in Criminal Law & Sentencing Policy Unit; Head of Courts and Sentencing – Youth Justice Policy Unit; Senior policy adviser in Youth Sentencing; Policy adviser in Youth Sentencing; Head of News and relevant press officers.
Home Secretary; Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism; Head of Gangs, Violence and Exploitation Team; Lead Statistician; and relevant press officers, policy lead and special advisers.
Private Secretary to the Prime Minister; Justice Desk Lead – Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat; and Senior Policy Adviser – Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat
The report is released by MOJ and produced in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.