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Knife crime statistics for Merseyside

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Dear Merseyside Police,

I am looking into how much knife crime has increased over the past 10 years in Merseyside. Looking for documents of how many stabbings have happened each year and if possible how many were by under 18s.

Yours faithfully,
Ava Dacre

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Dear applicant

Response Letter - FOI Application DM2019/1170 (please quote in all
correspondence)

I write in connection with your request for information, which was
received by Merseyside Police on 13/09/2019, concerning:

(summary of request) knife crime data for each of the last 10 years
including the numbers of stabbings and how many were by under-18s

Your request for information has been considered and I am not obliged to
supply the information that you have requested.

Section 17, Freedom of Information Act, 2000, requires Merseyside Police,
when refusing to provide such information (because the information is
exempt) to provide you the applicant with a notice which:
(a) states that fact,
(b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and
(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.

Reason for Decision:

Information exempt under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act. 
Section 12 states that information need not be disclosed if the cost of
locating / retrieving that information exceeds £450, or 18 hours based on
a cost of £25 per hour.

Whilst knife crimes are flagged on the relevant records, this is not an
indication that the knife was used to injure a person.  To determine the
numbers of actual stabbings, it would be necessary to manually review
every individual knife crime involving Violence With Injury.  As there are
several thousand such crimes recorded over the last ten years, completion
of such an exercise would greatly exceed the 18-hour time/cost period
prescribed by Section 12 FOI Act.

This communication therefore serves as a Refusal Notice under the FOI
Act.  However, some knife-crime data which has been possible to retrieve
within the appropriate time/cost limit has been provided.  This is
intended as assistance and its provision does not affect the legal right
of Merseyside Police to rely on the cost exemption for the remainder of
the request(s).  Please find attached my full Response Table.

Complaint Rights

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details your rights of review and of complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
to or e-mail me at the below address, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Mr D May
Disclosure Analyst
FOI Team
Data Access Unit
Merseyside Police
PO BOX 59
LIVERPOOL L69 1JD
E-mail: [1][Merseyside Police request email]

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