Disclosure Details

Custody - 327/13

Dated: 23 Apr 2013

Date of request:     17/04/2013

Date of response:   23/03/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 17 April 2013 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 be grateful if you could provide me with details of the total number of individuals held in custody at all Northumbria Police stations for the period 2011/2012 (or 2012/2013 if these would be the most up to date figures and are available).
I would also ask for any cumulative figure to be broken down to show the number of individuals held in custody across this period at the individual police stations listed below e.g. you answer may show that 100,000 individuals were held in custody across 2011/2012 and then go on to confirm that 50,000  were detained at  Etal police station, 20,000 at Washington police station, 20,000 at Gillbridge police station and  10,000 at Byker police station, etc. 

  1. Etal Lane Police Station, Etal Lane, Westerhope, Newcastle NE5

  2. Newcastle Clifford Street (known as Byker), Clifford Street Police Station, Clifford Street
    Newcastle, NE6 1EA

  3. Gillbridge Avenue Police Station, Gillbridge Avenue, Sunderland SR1 3AW

  4. Washington Police Station, The Galleries, Washington, NE38 7RY

  5. Southwick Police Station, Church Bank, Southwick, Sunderland SR5 2DU (part-time resilience suite)

  6. South Shields Police Station, Millbank, Station Road, South Shields NE33 1RR

  7. Gateshead Police Station,  Sunderland Rd, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE10 0AS

  8. Whickham Police Station, Front Street, Whickham NE16 4HE (part-time resilience suite)

  9. Bedlington Police Station, Schalksmuhle Road, Bedlington NE22 7LA

  10. Hexham Police Station, Shaftoe Leazes, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 3DG (part-time rural suite)

  11. Alnwick Police Station, Prudhoe Street, Alnwick NE66 1UJ (part-time rural suite)

  12. Berwick Police Station, Church Street, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1DZ (part-time rural suite)

  13. North Tyneside Area Command HQ, Middle Engine Lane, Wallsend, Tyne & Wear NE28 9NT

  14. North Shields Police Station, Upper Pearson Street, North Shields NE30 (part-time resilience suite)

To clarify -  It is simply the cumulative number of instances when a person was taken into custody and the number of times an individual may have been in custody across the relevant period is irrelevant.

In response:

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 Criminal Justice Department  of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
The information provided is for the 2011/12 financial year.

The data given below will allow you to calculate the total number. 

  1. 11,221

  2. 4,256

  3. 8,542

  4. 5,691

  5. 644

  6. 7,187

  7. 7,602

  8. Not operational during the period specified.

  9. 6,563

  10. 299

  11. 125

  12. 671

  13. 12,137

  14. 186

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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