Disclosure Details

Foreign nationals - 454/14

Dated: 03 Jul 2014

Date of request:     29/05/2014

Date of response:  22/01/2014

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

Thank you for your email dated 29 May 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 make a Freedom of Information request regarding crimes committed by foreign nationals, recorded by your police force.
I would like to know how many foreign nationals have been arrested in the past five years, as described below:

  1. How many foreign nationals (non-Britons) have been arrested for the following crimes:

    - Murder
    - Rape
    - All sexual offences
    - All violence offences
    - Robbery
    - Burglary
    - Total crime

  2. I would like these arrest totals broken down by calendar years 2014 (the first five months), 2013, 2012, 2010 and 2009.

  3. I would also like a breakdown by nationality.

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 Strategy and Performance 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.

Regarding the information requested for the years  2012, 2010 and 2009, as the information you have requested is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for that part of your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

Information on this subject area has been asked for previously, released and published on the Northumbria Police Disclosure Log under reference FOI 003/13. I have provided the relevant link below


Please note the information provided is based on searching for all arrests where the Nationality is not  "English, Welsh, Scottish or Northern Irish" ie a "Foreign National".  As the data is a count of arrests, an individual could appear more than once in the results.  The data does not take into account the result of the arrest, for example a person could be NFA'd for an offence. With this in mind please see the attachment below which answers the remainder of your query.

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.


FOI Complaint Rights Procedure_tcm4-67103
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