Figure 3: Continued rise in offences involving a knife or sharp instrument and an increase in offences involving firearms
England and Wales, year ending March 2003 to year ending March 2019
Source: Home Office – Police recorded crime
Police recorded crime data are not designated as National Statistics.
Police recorded knife or sharp instrument offences data are submitted via a special collection, which includes the offences: attempted murder; threats to kill; assault with injury and assault with intent to cause serious harm; robbery; rape; and sexual assault.
Information on recording issues for individual police forces can be found in Table P4 published alongside this bulletin.
Firearms include: shotguns; handguns; rifles; imitation weapons such as BB guns or soft air weapons; other weapons such as CS gas, pepper spray and stun guns; and unidentified weapons. They exclude conventional air weapons, such as air rifles.
Data on firearms offences are provisional and have not been reconciled with police forces.