Disclosure Details

Racial crimes - 427/15

Dated: 12 May 2015

Date of request:      27/04/15

Date of response:    11/05/15

Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 27 April 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. The number of racially aggravated crimes recorded in the last two years which have been antisemitic in nature.
2. Please break the number down by different offences, for example:
Total antisemitic crimes: 12
Assaults: 10
Harrassment: 2
3. please also break down the total number of offences by each year or 12-month period. For example:
Total: 20
2013: 10
2014: 10
Please provide figures for the most recent two 12-month periods that are available. "

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 information has been obtained by reviewing the details of all crimes flagged with either a race marker;  faith marker or where the offence description is one that identifies a race related hate crime e.g. 'Racially or religiously aggravated public fear, alarm or distress' (home office code 008/36).  The method and investigation page for each crime has been read to see if the offence is anti-semitic. 

It should be noted that it is not guaranteed that the full details of the religious or racial circumstances will be fully recorded on our records as many fields are free text and it is not mandatory that these are completed. 

Only those offences that specifically reference Judaism or Jewish persons have been counted.

With the above in mind please see the below which fully answer your query.
Information provided is for the calendar years 2013 & 2014.

1. 24

Offence classification Total
Violence against the Person 3
Criminal Damage 5
Other Offences 16
Total Antisemitic crimes 24

3. 2013 - 12
    2014 - 12 

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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