Disclosure Details

Shotgun licences - 505/14

Dated: 08 Jul 2014

Date of request:    18/06/14

Date of response:  08/07/14

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

Thank you for your email dated 18 June 2014 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)      How many shotgun licences were granted in the force area in each of the past five years.
2)      In the past three years (2011,2012,2013):
a. How many under 18s were granted licences
b. How many under 10s were granted licences
c. What was the age and gender of the oldest and youngest person to be granted a licence?
3)      How many shotgun licences have been revoked in each of the past five years.
4)      How many applications were rejected in each of the past five years.

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 Firearms Licensing 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.

2009 - 381
2010 - 402
2011 - 427
2012 - 375
2013 - 315

NB - Granted is when an application is received from a person who has either never held a certificate before or their previous certificate has expired/been cancelled or has been revoked or refused.

2011 - 37
2012 - 44
2013 - 23

2011 - 0
2012 - 0
2013 - 0

The youngest person to be granted in the period was a male, aged 10 years when granted.
The oldest person to be granted in the period (this was a renewal of an existing certificate) was a male aged 100 years when renewed

Due to the limitations of our recording system we cannot provide the age of oldest person to be granted on first application.

2009 - 24
2010 - 26
2011 - 46
2012 - 51
2013 - 49

2009 - 11
2010 - 17
2011 - 25
2012 - 46
2013 - 23

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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