Homicides involving a knife or a sharp instrument: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/03635  
Date received: 5 December 2018  
Date responded: 8 January 2019
Information requested
1. The number of homicides that involved a knife or a sharp instrument by police force area by calendar year from 1977 to the most recent available year;
2. I request that the data be broken down by the ethnicity of the victim;
3. The gender of the victim;
4. The data should also be broken down by the age of the victim and banded by the age groups <12; 13-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50+.

I enclose a copy of some of the information you requested.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have some the information you have requested. The reasons why we don’t have the information are explained below.

Since the establishment of Police Scotland on the 1st April 2013, a single police force area covers the whole of Scotland. For continuity purposes, we have provided statistics for the eight legacy police force areas that existed prior to the merger. A list of which local authority areas correspond with each legacy police force area is provided below the attached table.


Reasons for not providing information


The Scottish Government does not have the information.


The Scottish Government does not have the information you have asked for because the information that is provided by Police Scotland to the Scottish Government for the production of the National Statistics on Recorded Crime does not include information on the ethnicity of the victim.

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.


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foi-18-03635 Information requested


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Central Enquiry Unit 
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000 

The Scottish Government 
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