Disclosure Details

Crimes - 1089/16

Dated: 31 Oct 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 4 September  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:

For the 48 hour periods of 31st October to 1st November 2014 and 31st October to 1st November 2015, a record of all crime reports you received that mentioned the phrase 'trick-or-treat' or 'trick or treat'.

For each one, please detail: 

a) the police division/local policing unit/neighbourhood in which it took place

b) the time it was reported

c) a description of the incident

d) the crime outcome 

Please conduct this search of your records with and without hyphens for 'trick or treat'.

Please provide each year's worth of records separately.

Please begin the search at 00:00 on 31st October and end it at 23:59 on 1st November.


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. 

1 report only

Time period - 31st October to 1st November 2015 

a) Whitley Bay

b) 21:38

c) Unknown male knocks at IPs door causing distress to IP.  IP refuses to answer door.

d) No suspect identified. 

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.