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The figures relate to crimes where a knife was involved in the incident; the system does not record the detail of how the knife was used.

A new crime record system, NICHE, was introduced on 1 April 2007. Under the old system, ISIS, the Modus Operandi would have been recorded as ‘knife’, with NICHE the MO would show ‘instrument-knife/bladed’. Furthermore, within the new recording system, the instrument used is linked to an occurrence which may contain one or more crimes. This may lead to some inflation of offence levels from the NICHE system.

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many knife crimes were recorded in Northern Ireland in (a) April 2007, (b) May 2007, (c) June 2007, (d) April 2008, (e) May 2008 and (f) June 2008. [220157]

Paul Goggins: The Chief Constable has provided the following answer:

The following table details the number of knife crimes that were recorded by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in April, May and June 2007 and April, May and June 2008:

2007 2008

April

67

83

May

110

62

June

63

98

Total

240

243


The figures relate to crimes where a knife was involved in the incident; the system does not record the detail of how the knife was used.

Offensive Weapons: Detection Rates

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the police clear-up rate for knife crime in Northern Ireland was in each command unit in the last 12 months. [219859]

Paul Goggins: The Chief Constable has provided the following answer:

Clearance rates for recorded crimes where a knife was involved in an incident in Northern Ireland in each command unit from 1 July 2007 to 301 June 2008 is shown in the following table.


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Clearance rate (percentage)

Antrim

47.4

Ards

40.5

Armagh

59.1

Banbridge

40.0

East Belfast

38.6

North Belfast

43.4

South Belfast

33.3

West Belfast

29.2

Ballymena

58.3

Ballymoney

0.0

Carrickfergus

50.0

Coleraine

53.8

Cookstown

57.1

Craigavon

38.8

Castlereagh

100.0

Dungannon and South Tyrone

83.3

Down

44.4

Fermanagh

52.0

Foyle

34.8

Lame

26.7

Limavady

20.8

Lisburn

37.2

Magherafelt

71.4

Moyle

0.0

Newtownabbey

38.0

North Down

66.7

Newry And Mourne

50.0

Omagh

21.4

Strabane

46.7

Total

42.1

Note:
The figures relate to crimes where a knife was involved in the incident; the system does not record the detail of how the knife was used.

Police Service of Northern Ireland: Manpower

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average number of police officers was in each district command unit in Northern Ireland in each of the last two years. [213604]

Paul Goggins: It is not possible to provide the figures for the last two years as the new District structure only commenced on 1 April 2007. The following table provides average actual police strengths for each District Command Unit for financial year 2007-08:

District Regular Full- time r eserve Part- t ime r eserve

A District

543.5

87.25

52.25

B District

567.25

58.75

146.75

C District

548.38

55.75

134

D District

625

71.75

195

E District

629.5

106

89.5

F District

495.5

46

44.25

G District

544.56

67.25

63.75

H District

486.75

32.75

115.25


Theft: Metals

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidences of theft of metals were recorded in each Police Service of Northern Ireland District Command Unit area in each of the last 12 months; how many successful prosecutions have been brought as a result; and what penalty was imposed in each case. [220389]

Paul Goggins: The Chief Constable has provided the following answer:


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The number of incidences of theft of metals which have been recorded in each of the PSNI district command
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unit areas for the period July 2007 to June 2008 is shown in the following table:

2007

July August September October November December

Antrim

0

1

1

1

0

0

Ards

0

0

0

0

0

0

Armagh

3

0

1

1

1

0

Banbridge

0

0

0

0

0

0

East Belfast

0

1

0

0

0

0

North Belfast

0

0

1

3

0

1

South Belfast

0

0

0

0

0

1

West Belfast

0

0

1

0

0

1

Ballymena

2

0

0

2

1

2

Ballymoney

0

0

0

0

0

0

Carrickfergus

1

0

2

0

0

0

Coleraine

0

0

0

0

0

1

Cookstown

1

0

0

0

0

0

Craigavon

1

0

0

1

1

0

Castlereagh

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dungannon and South Tyrone

2

0

1

2

0

0

Down

0

2

0

0

1

0

Fermanagh

1

5

2

9

9

10

Foyle

0

0

0

0

0

0

Lame

0

0

0

0

0

0

Limavady

0

0

0

0

1

0

Lisburn

0

1

1

3

2

1

Magherafelt

0

0

0

0

0

0

Moyle

0

1

0

0

0

0

Newtownabbey

0

0

0

1

1

0

North Down

0

0

0

1

0

1

Newry and Mourne

0

0

0

0

0

1

Omagh

0

0

0

1

1

1

Strabane

0

0

0

1

1

0

Total

11

11

10

26

19

20


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