Disclosure Details

Arrests - 400/16

Dated: 15 Apr 2016

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

Thank you for your e mail dated 23  March 2016 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

 As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

The information I would like access to is the number of arrests made in the region of the north east, in regards to anabolic steroids.  We would like to look at the past five years to see if there has been an increase in arrests related to steroid use in the area.

The past five years meaning past five calendar years, and from Northumbria police forces area of operations, not the north east.


We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

The following should be noted.  The figures given are for arrests where it is recorded that the drug was anabolic steroid.  It does not take into account instances where arrests may be recorded as 'Class C other'  ie unknown category C drug.

With the above in mind see the below attached.

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.


FOI 400-16