Disclosure Details

Stop and search - 231/16

Dated: 17 Mar 2016

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 15 February 2016 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:

1. Over the last three years, how many persons over the age of 65 have been stopped and searched?

2.  How many of these searches were positive? (I.e. an item was found)

I would be grateful if this information could be broken down by age.

If you can only provide age brackets, and not exact ages (such as 65-70, 70-75 etc.) – please provide the age of the oldest person who was stopped and searched by your force – and whether this returned a positive result.

I would like the information above broken down separately for the last three calendar years (Jan-Dec) for 2013, 2014, and 2015.

If providing this information for all three years would exceed cost limit, please do not delay my request to inform me, but just provide the information for the calendar year 2015.

If possible, I would like this information sent by email, in an excel spreadsheet.


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 below attached.


The information provided is based on the total number of stop and search records where the age of the person stopped is 65 years old or above. For question 2 we have provided the number of stop and search records where an item of property was found.

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.

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.


FOI 231-16 (1)