Knife Crime Offences

MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will you put on record a correction to the assertion you made about knife crime offences data at the February Mayor's Question Time public meeting? You erroneously sought to reassure the public by saying that the high number of knife crime offences was in part due to proactive work to seize knives by the Metropolitan police. Knife crime offences include two definitions, knives used to injure and knives intimated. Knife crime offences data does not include knives found or seized during searches. Please can you confirm that you understand that the recording of knife crime offences unfortunately does provide a genuine picture of the extent of this dangerous crime and cannot be explained by the proactive work of the police to confiscate knives?


Answer for Knife Crime Offences

Answer for Knife Crime Offences

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Knife crime is defined as the use or intimation of a knife or sharp instrument for one of the following crime categories:

Murder, Attempted murder, Threats to kill, Manslaughter, Infanticide, Wounding or carrying out an act endangering life, Wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent, Actual Bodily Harm, Sexual assault, Rape, Robbery.

Recorded knife crime does not include the number of knives seized through proactive police work.