Disclosure Details

Violent Offences - 387/12

Dated: 30 Jul 2015

Date of request:   25/04/2012

Date of response:   16/05/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 25 April 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.

You asked: 

Could I submit an FOI for a break down of all major and minor violent offences (VAP. robbery, murder and sexual offences) by people who have been charged broken down into individual categories of ages 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 years old in the calendar years of Jan - Dec 1999, Jan - Dec 2009, Jan - Dec 2010 and Jan - Dec 2011.

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 decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The age used is the age that the person was when they were charged with the offence, it should be noted that this could be different to their age when the offence was committed or when they were arrested.

The results are a count of people charged, not the number of charges.  If someone has been charged with four Violence Against the Person crimes in the same year they will only have been counted once in the results for that year.

If someone is charged more than once in a year and was, for example, 14 when they charged with one offence and 15 when charged with another, they have been counted once for each age.

As murder is part of violence against the person the individuals in this table have also been counted in the total violence against the person table.

Please note that the offence people are charged with may not match the initial offence they were arrested for.

Please also note that crime recording practices have also changed since 1999.  In 2002 the National Crime Recording Standard was introduced nationally.  One of the impacts of this was an increase in the number of violence against the person offences.

If you decide to write an article/use the enclosed data we would expect you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

With the above in mind please see the below which answers your request.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/index.asp

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 underour 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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