Will you give me the data on knife crime within the UK with regards to attacks with knives (fatal / non-fatal) and type of knife e.g. machete/military/kitchen?
Thank you for your request for information on knife crime.
The latest figures for police recorded offences involving a knife or sharp instrument can be found in Table 9a of the year ending September 2015 statistical bulletin. There were a total of 27,487 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument that were recorded by the police in the year ending September 2015. Of these offences, 188 (less than 1%) were homicides and 27,299 were made up of other selected offences such as attempted murder and threats to kill.
The link to Table 9a can be found here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/crimeinenglandandwalesbulletintables
Unfortunately, we do not hold any information on the type of knife or sharp instrument used in these offences.
For future reference, you do not need to use a Freedom of Information request to ask for data. It is usually quicker to simply email us at CrimeStatistics@ons.gsi.gov.uk and we will endeavour to help. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.