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Crime and Incidents - 336/16

Dated: 12 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 9 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:

I am currently conducting a study exploring the phenomenon of ‘mate crimes’ against disabled people. Mate crimes have been construed as a form of hate crime and, for the purpose of this study, a mate crime can be defined as: any criminal offence which exploits apparent mutual friendship or familiarity and which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability or perceived disability


1.1 How many incidents in total did your service record for the year 2014-15?

1.2 In respect of all police recorded incidents, does your organisation routinely record whether the parties involved are disabled people?                                                                                          


1.3  Please specify the total no. of all recorded police incidents involving disabled people, if known.

2.1  How many crimes in total did your service record for the year 2014-15?

2.2  In respect of victims of all recorded crimes, does your organisation routinely record whether the parties involved are disabled people?         YES / NO

2.3  Please specify the total no. of all recorded crimes where victims were recorded as disabled people (if known, see above)           

2.4  Does your organisation identify and specifically record mate crimes?    YES / NO

2.5  Please specify the total no. of mate crimes recorded in 2014-15, if known

3.1  How many safeguarding adult incident records did your organisation create in 2014-15?

3.2  How many of them involved disabled people?

3.3  Of these, how many were people with learning disabilities?

3.4  How many involved people with mental health conditions?

3.5  How many of the total were recorded as crimes?

3.6  How many were recorded as disability hate crimes?

4.1  What was the total of all hate incidents recorded by your force in 2014-15?

4.2  Please specify the total no. of all hate crimes

4.3  Please specify the total no. of disability hate incidents

4.4  Please specify the total no. of disability hate crimes

4.5  In how many disability hate crimes was the alleged perpetrator known to the victim prior to the offence?

5. Of the disability hate crimes identified at 4.4 (above), please specify the classification (with ref to HO Counting rules and NCRS) of each crime and its frequency. Also please record in how many of these hate crimes was the alleged perpetrator known to the victim prior to the offence?

For assistance, please refer to the example below:

{EXAMPLE; if the number of disability hate crimes for the year = 17, then

6 of these may be recorded as Criminal damage, of which in 2 cases offender was known;

9 may be Harassment, of which, for example, in 7 cases offenders were known to victim;

1 may be Sexual Assault on a female over 16, offender was not known;

1 may be murder, offender was known to each other 

17 =Total, of which in 10 cases offender was known to the victim.}           



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 Coporate 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.

1.1 436,819 + 74,346 administrative incidents(e.g.duplicate reports, tasking logs)

1.2  No, we record if the incident was motivated by disability hate

1.3  No information held.

2.1  72,673

2.2  No, we do have a flag to denote if a crime is motivated by disability hate.

2.3  No information held.   

2.4  No

2.5  No information held

3.1  12,725

3.2  11,463

3.3  1,273 of which 526 also have a mental health condition, 81 also have physical disability and 124 have multiple disabilities.

3.4  9,908 - of which 526 also have a learning disability,812 also have a physical disability and 124 have multiple disabilities

3.5  1,116 of the adult concern records are associated to a crime

3.6  6

4.1  1,303

4.2  915

4.3  84

4.4  28

4.5  8


Public order -11 - of which 3 offenders were known

Rape - 3 -  of which 2 offenders were known

Harassment - 2 - of which 1 offender was known

Burglary dwelling - 1 - in which offender was known

Theft - 1 - in which offender was known

Assault - 7 - offender not known

Robbery - 1- offender not known

Arson - 1- offender not known

Making off without payment - 1- offender not known



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.


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