Disclosure Details

Legal highs - 093/17

Dated: 22 Feb 2017

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 25 January 2017 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions. 

You asked:

Since the ban on so called ‘legal highs’ came into force in May 2016, could you tell me

1. Total arrests for possession of synthetic drugs.

2. Total arrests for possession of synthetic drugs with intent to supply/supply.

3. If possible, please could you also provide a breakdown into arrests for possession/supply of different types of synthetic drugs.

4.I would like to request the most recent figures (possibly for first six months of 2016/17) for overall arrests for possession of controlled drugs

5. and separately supply offences relating to controlled drugs.

Just to clarify - I am referring to offences under the Psychoactive Substances Act.


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  Corparate 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. 

1. None 

2. 22 


  15 - Unknown

  1 - GBL

  2 - Pending analysis

  3 - Nitrous oxide

  1 - Various compounds

4. 337

5. 366


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.