Under 17's in Police Cells - 877/12
Dated: 23 Nov 2012
Date of request: 07/11/2012
Date of response: 13/11/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 7 November 2012 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.
How many children aged under 17 were held in police cells overnight* in:
Please give the age and gender of the youngest child held overnight* in (a) 2011; (b) 2010? Please also give the offence/suspected offence.
Of those held overnight* in 2011, how many were (a) aged 12 or under; (b) aged under 10?
Of those held overnight* in 2010, how many were (a) aged 12 or under; (b) aged under 10?
Please give examples of the types of offences / suspected offences for which children aged under 17 have been held overnight*.
Of those held overnight* in 2011, how many were (a) boys (b) girls?
Of those held overnight* in 2010, how many were (a) boys (b) girls?
Of those held overnight* in 2011 how many were (a) released without any further action (b) charged with an offence (c) given a reprimand / final warning (d) given a youth conditional caution (where applicable)?
Of those held overnight* in 2010 how many were (a) released without any further action (b) charged with an offence (c) given a reprimand / final warning (d) given a youth conditional caution (where applicable)?
*For the purpose of this request, "held overnight" means spending at least 4 hours in police custody between the hours of midnight and 8am.
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 Criminal Justice Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police, however can not be disclosed for the following reason.
A similar request has been responded to previously and as this is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of this information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.
I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.
Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means
Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.
Similar information to that requested at points 1, 2 and 5 of your request has been asked for under FOIA previously and our response is published via the Disclosure Log on the Northumbria Police website, FOI 640/12 refers. In order to aid and assist you I have provided the relevant link below.
I can confirm that the Section 12 refusal applied to that request due to the time/cost implications under the Acts legislation also applies in this case.
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.
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