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Recorded crime in Scotland: attempted murder and serious assault, 2008-2009 and 2017-2018

Information on crimes of attempted murder and serious assault recorded by the police in 2008 to 2009 and 2017 to 2018.

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Table 15. Crimes of Attempted Murder and Serious Assault by Physical Injury sustained by Victim

Sample Year Percentage of Serious Assault1 Estimated Volume of Serious Assault2 Number Sampled
2008-09
Cuts/permanent disfigurement (not from sharp implement) 34% 2,210 188
Broken bones / fractures etc. 24% 1,550 132
Sharp-item related injuries (stab/slash) 29% 1,890 161
Other (including minor/no injury) 13% 810 69
All Recorded Serious Assault 100% 6,472 550
2017-18
Cuts/permanent disfigurement (not from sharp implement) 42% 1,760 232
Broken bones / fractures etc. 30% 1,270 167
Sharp-item related injuries (stab/slash) 24% 990 130
Other (including minor/no injury) 4% 170 22
All Recorded Serious Assault 100% 4,189 551
Change between 2008-09 and 2017-18 Percentage Points Estimated Volume
Cuts/permanent disfigurement (not from sharp implement) 8 -450
Broken bones / fractures etc. No change -280
Sharp-item related injuries (stab/slash) No change -900
Other (including minor/no injury) -9 -640
All Recorded Serious Assault n/a -2,283

1. Percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding

2. All estimated volumes of Attempted Murder and Serious Assault are rounded to the nearest 10

3. Where a victim sustained multiple physical injuries, the most serious injury has been used to classify the case in the table

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