Disclosure Details

Arrests - 293/16

Dated: 16 Mar 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 2 March 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.

You asked:

1. How many people have been arrested for the following crimes:



All sexual offences



Total crime

2. I would like these arrest totals broken down by calendar years 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

3. I would also like a breakdown by nationality.

To clarify I confirm I am seeking information only for the calendar years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

In point 1 by "all sexual offences" I mean the total number of sexual offence-related arrests made by the Force, including rape.

By "total crime" I request the total number of arrests made for all crimes.


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 am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The information provided in response to questions 1 and 2  is based on the total number of arrests (not the number of people) for the requested offences.

We have provided a breakdown on the nationality of those arrests by each calendar year in response to question 3.

With the above in mind please see the attachment which fully answers your query. 

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document 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

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.

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.


FOI 293-16