Disclosure Details

Hate crime - 611/15

Dated: 07 Jul 2015

Date of request:      25/06/15

Date of response:    06/07/15

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

Thank you for your email dated  25 June 2015 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. For each calendar year from 2008, please break down the total number of recorded race and religious hate crimes from your force by:
a) Race/ ethnicity/ religion of victim(s)
b) Race/ ethnicity/ religion of perpetrator(s)
c) Number that resulted in prosecution of the perpetrator(s). 
2. For each year, please break down the total number of recorded race and religious hate crimes that resulted in prosecution (question 1.c) by race of perpetrators(s).   

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 am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The below should be noted:

2015 is up to 30/06/15
Religious hate crime is not recorded until April 2009.
Questions 1 and 1c relate to number of crimes.
Question 1a relates to number of victims.
Questions 1b and 2 relate to the number of offenders.
Within the tables provided, the number of crimes, victims and offenders do not match up on a 1:1:1 basis. This is due to there being potentially multiple or no known offenders to a crime and victims of a crime that do not have ethnicity e.g. Regina or a property.
With that in mind see the below attached which answers your queries in full.

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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