Disclosure Details

Foreign Nationals - 314/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:   23/03/2012

Date of response:   16/04/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 23 March 2012 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: 

How many crimes were committed in your force area by foreign nationals in each of the calendar years from 2009 to 2011? Of these totals, how many offences were (a) homicides, (b) rapes or (c) other serious crimes?

Please take the definition of "serious crime" to be the normal Home Office definition - namely violence against the person, sexual offences and robbery. The exact offence classifications are to be found in the "counting rules" section of the Home Office website:
If you are unable to provide calendar year data, another format such as financial year will be acceptable.

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

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The search is based on any detected crime where the ‘Committed From’ date is between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2011, and where an attached offender has a ‘Foreign National’ marker filled in.  You should note that this marker is based on what the individual tells us when they are arrested.

The Home Office definition of homicide has been used.  This includes the following: 

  • Murder

  • Manslaughter

  • Infanticide

  • Corporate Manslaughter

The figures show the number of homicides, rapes, ‘other serious crimes’ (the total of all violence against the person, robberies and sexual offences, less the number of homicide and rapes) along with ‘other crimes’.  These totals include offences/offenders dealt with by means of community resolution and Youth Offending Team (YOT) triage.

Year Homicide Rape Other 'Serious' Other Crime Type
2009 1 6 407 923
2010 5 416 775
2011 6 375 837

"Other crime" is made up of all offences apart from homicide, rape and other serious crime.  This includes theft, criminal damage, vehicle crime, drug crime and burglary.

Northumbria Police's annual figures show a further drop in total crime - down to 75,504 offences for 2011/12 compared to 82,463 the previous year.  This means crime in Northumbria has fallen by over 40% in the last five years.  The total detection rate stands at just over 43% - the second highest in the country and the best in the force's most similar to Northumbria.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-


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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