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Number of persons sentenced( 1) , given immediate custody and average custodial sentence length( 2) for possession of a knife or an offensive weapon( 3) , all courts, England and Wales, 1997 to 2006
Number of persons and average length of sentence (months)
Offence description Year Total sentenced Immediate custody Percentage total sentenced Average custodial sentence length( 2)

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

1997

159

4

2.5

2.2

Having an article with a blade or point in a public place

153

1

0.7

3.0

Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

3

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises

1

Total all above offences

316

5

1.6

2.4

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

1998

203

3

1.5

3.1

Having an article with a blade or point in a public place

184

3

1.6

5.7

Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

5

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises

5

Total all above offences

397

6

1.5

4.4

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

1999

202

5

2.5

2.6

Having an article with a blade or point in a public place

184

5

2.7

3.2

Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

3

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises

9

Total all above offences

398

10

2.5

2.9

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

2000

288

7

2.4

6.0

Having an article with a blade or point in a public place

264

7

2.7

3.7

Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

10

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises

3

Total all above offences

565

14

2.5

4.9

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

2001

365

14

3.8

4.3

Having an article with a blade or point in a public place

328

10

3.0

5.0

Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

10

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises

9

Total all above offences

712

24

3.4

4.6

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

2002

303

17

5.6

7.2

Having an article with a blade or point in a public place

345

13

3.8

5.1

Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

15

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises

9

1

11.1

6.0

Total all above offences

672

31

4.6

6.3

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

2003

299

12

4.0

4.5

Having an article with a blade or point in a public place

304

13

4.3

5.7

Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

19

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises

6

Total all above offences

628

25

4.0

5.1

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

2004

348

14

4.0

6.0

Having an article with a blade or point in a public place

374

8

2.1

5.0

Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

26

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises

14

Total all above offences

762

22

2.9

5.6

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

2005

311

11

3.5

4.5

Having an article with a blade or point in a public place

396

15

3.8

5.5

Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

22

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises

19

Total all above offences

748

26

3.5

5.1

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

2006

373

14

3.8

6.0

Having an article with a blade or point in a public place

450

18

4.0

5.0

Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

27

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises

27

Total all above offences

877

32

3.6

5.4



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