Grenades - 817/12
Dated: 30 Jul 2015
Date of request: 18/10/2012
Date of response: 06/11/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 18 October 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.
I am sending this request under the Freedom of Information Act to ask for the following information. This request relates to occasions on which your police force has recorded crimes where a grenade was used by an offender. Or your force has discovered grenades destined or suspected to be destined for criminal use.
Please provide data on the number of such occasions for each of the years 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 to date.
If possible, could you detail for each occasion:
The kind of location where the grenade was found
What type of grenade it was - i.e. British made, of eastern European origin, or from elsewhere
If the grenade was used, where was it used and by who?
If it is not possible to provide all this information for all of these occasions, please supply the maximum possible, and then also provide overall statistics for each year for the number of (a) British made and (b) foreign made grenades that were used/found
If possible within the cost limit, please also provide full details of each such incident, keeping any necessary redactions to a minimum. If it is not possible to do so for all five years, please do so for as many years as possible, starting with the most recent.
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 not held by Northumbria Police, we hold no information which fits the criteria of your query however the below exemptions are relevant and have been applied to this request.
It is our position to neither confirm nor deny by virtue of Section 23(5) Information Relating to Security Bodies, Section 24(2) National Security, Section 30(3) Criminal Investigations, Section 31(3) Law Enforcement, Section 38(2) Health and Safety and Section 40(5) Personal Information whether any further information is held in response to requests where the information requested may relate to or impact upon national security and in some instances to ongoing police operations, investigations and prosecutions. On this occasion, confirmation of whether any further information is held or not, would have the effect of undermining this policing activity and could impact on National Security, as it could lead to individuals becoming aware of whether or not their activities have been detected, and could ultimately compromise police tactics, operations and future prosecutions. This should not be taken as an indication that such information is or is not held.
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