Disclosure Details

Under 12s - 184/13

Dated: 19 Mar 2013

Date of request:      01/03/2013

Date of response:   19/03/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 1 March 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: 

How many children under the age of 12 were arrested in 2012, 2011 and 2010.
How many children under the age of 12 were charged with an offence in 2012, 2011 and 2010.
How many children under the age of 12 were given a police caution in 2012, 2011 and 2010.
Please could you give me details of the offence they were charged with?
What age were they at the time they were charged?

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

Please note that ages are based on the person’s age when arrested / charged / reprimanded or warned. Additionally,If someone was arrested more than once in each year they have been counted more than once in the results. Since one of the questions relates to the offence type, repeat arrests result in repeat entries.

Under 12 year olds arrested

2010  259 
2011  191 
2012  90

In 2010 there were 26 eleven year olds and 2 ten year olds charged. The offence types are as follows

Burglary dwelling  x1
Burglary OTD x1
Going equipped for stealing etc x1
Being on enclosed premises for an unlawful purpose x1
Shoplifting x4
Other theft and handling x1
Most serious violence against the person x1
Assault without injury x8
Other violence x5
Criminal damage - Dwelling x3
Failing to surrender to bail x2

In 2011 there were 11 eleven year olds and 2 ten year olds charged. The offence types are as follows

Drunk and disorderly x1
Shoplifting x1
Other theft and handling x3
Assault without injury x7
Other violence x1

In 2012 there were 8 eleven year olds and 1 ten year old charged. The offence types are as follows
Assault without injury x3
Criminal damage - Dwelling x3
Criminal damage - Other x1
Other violence x2

No under 12s received a caution in any of the years specified, the number of under 12s given warnings or reprimands is as follows.

2010  79
2011  56
2012  19

You should note that this information will not broken down further and relevant exemptions may be applied to withhold.

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 crime 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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