Disclosure Details

Hate crime- 762/13

Dated: 15 Nov 2013

Date of request:    09/10/2013

Date of response:  15/11/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 9 October 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: 

1.       Please provide figures for the number of Anti-Muslim/Islamophobic hate crimes reported for the last two years and this year to date (1st January 2011 to 31st December 2011, 1st January 2012 to 31st December 2012 and 1st January 2013 to 4th October 2013). Please provide a breakdown by: 

a) month

b) week.

 2.       Please provide the total number of religious hate crimes recorded for the last two years and this year to date (1st January 2011 to 31st December 2011 and 1st January 2012 to 31st December 2012 and 1st January 2013 to 4th October 2013). Please provide a breakdown by a) month b) week. 

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 Crime Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.

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

1. Information is not held specifically for Anti-Muslim/Islamophobic hate crimes.  We do not have a recording system which allows for the recording of specific religions.

2. The table attached below provides the numbers of crimes which have had recorded on the crime report that the offence was motivated by hostility toward religion or have been recorded as a religiously aggravated offence.

Please note the figures provided below include offences counted under the Home Office classification codes for religiously aggravated offences (as defined in the HO counting rules https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/counting-rules-for-recorded-crime) or those crimes with a faith hate flag.
*Week 53 refers to
31 Dec for 2011
30 Dec and 31 Dec for 2012

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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