Disclosure Details

Crimes at hospitals - 759/14

Dated: 09 Oct 2014

Date of request:      19/09/14

Date of response:  09/10/14

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

Thank you for your email dated 19 September 2014 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 by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

  I would like to know the number of crimes police recorded at The Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, Freeman Hospital, in Newcastle, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead from January to December 2013 inclusive.

I would like the incidents to be broken down on a monthly basis with a brief summary of each offence and if possible details whether the incident led to an arrest or charge.

In response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Strategy and Performance Unit 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 information provided has been collated by searching our Crime Recording system for all crimes with 'HOSPITAL' in one of two location fields and cross referencing to another search for all crimes recorded against the three locations specified in the request .

Each crime record has been checked to establish if an arrest was made and if there was any subsequent charge. Any instances in which more than one person was arrested and charged have only been counted once per crime, as you ask whether the incident led to an arrest or charge (not total number of arrests/charges). The description of the incident/crime is the description of the offence used in the Home Office Offence Codes table.

With the above in mind please see the attached which answers your request.

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.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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