Cyclists deaths -1224/16
Dated: 10 Nov 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 4 November 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.
My request concerns the number of cyclists who have died on public roads in the three years to 31st December 2015.
Whilst all fatal accidents on the highway have to be notified to the police, the Department for Transport Stats 20 criteria provide that the police stats 19 reports should exclude those deaths which are determined to be from natural causes. Accordingly the stats 19 figures exclude the deaths of cyclists reported to the police which are then omitted from the official stats 19 figures because of a determination that the death was by natural causes.
Can you please confirm, for your police force area and for each of the last four calendar years (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015), how many cyclists deaths on the Highway (road in Scotland), which were reported or notified to your police force, were determined to be deaths by natural causes, details of which were subsequently omitted from the annual stats 19 return.
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 Collision Records 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 follows.
2012 - 1
2013 - 1
2014 - 1
2015 - 2
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.
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