Written Question on Offensive Weapons: Railways

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Date Title Questioner
13 Jun 2018, 3:19 p.m. Offensive Weapons: Railways Sir Edward Davey


To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents there were involving an offensive weapon (a) on trains and (b) at rail stations in each region in each of the last three years.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

Offences involving a knife or a sharp instrument and possession of a weapon, on trains and within stations grounds are recorded by the British Transport Police. The Home Office collects this data, but it is not possible to tell from this information whether the offence occurred on a train or a rail station or what region the offence occurred.

Data on offences involving firearms are not collected centrally by the Home Office for British Transport Police.

Data for British Transport Police can be found in published open data tables available here:

Offences involving knives or sharp instruments up to December 2017: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/706368/prc-knife-open-data-march2009-onwards-tables.ods

Possession of a weapon up to December 2017:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/701926/prc-pfa-mar2013-onwards-tables.ods

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