Disclosure Details

RTC Statistics - 726/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:   11/09/2012

Date of response:   24/09/2012

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

Thank you for your letter received into the Chief Constables office on 11 September 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: 

This is a freedom of information request under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (2000).  The information that I am requesting concern the crossroads at the junction of Coaly Lane and Blind Lane at Sunniside, Houghton le Spring.  The information that I seek concerns accidents at this crossroads over the last 5 years.  I am interested in the date/time of the accidents, the number of vehicles/people involved and details of injuries/fatalities.  I am not requesting the names of the individuals or vehicle registration numbers and will understand if they are deleted for the purposes of the DATA Protection Act (1998).

  1. How many road accidents have occurred at this crossroads between 1 January 2007 and the 31 December 2011? Please provide dates/times of these accidents.

  2. How many of these accidents have involved collisions between motor vehicles (lorries, cars, motorbikes, vans etc).  Please provide the dates/times of these accidents.

  3. How many of these accidents have involved a) cyclists, b) pedestrians, c) horse riders?  Please provide dates and times of these accidents.

  4. How many of these accidents have resulted in death?  Please provide the dates/times and whether the dead were pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders or motorists (drivers & passengers).

  5. How many of these accidents resulted in physical injury?  Please provide the dates and times of these accidents, the state of the injured (motorists, cyclists etc) and the nature of these injuries.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Please note that the Tyne and Wear Traffic and Accident Data Unit (TADU) carry out the statistical function on behalf of Northumbria Police and they may be able to assist you with your request.  Your request should be redirected to them.  In order to aid and assist you, we have provided contact details below:-

Ian Abernethy
TADU Co-ordinator
Tyne and Wear Traffic and Accident Data Unit
Transport and Highways Service
Development and Enterprise
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street

e-mail:  IanAbernethy@gateshead.gov.uk
Tel:  0191 4333103

It should also be noted that collisions can occur where officers have not attended.  There may be instances where details are simply exchanged between the parties.



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:-


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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