Disclosure Details

Arrests - 783/13

Dated: 12 Nov 2013

Date of request:    17/10/2013

Date of response:  12/11/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 17 October 2013 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. Please could you provide me with details of arrests of 10, 11 and 12 year olds in the force area over the past two years.
2. Please specify the alleged offence and if any subsequent charges were brought or if a caution/fine was issued.
3. I also request the male/female breakdown for the overall two year period (that is, not by specific offence).

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 Strategy and Performance Unit  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.

The following information covers between 01/04/11 and 31/03/13. The first table details those arrested by age. The second table details the arrests that were later disposed of as charged or cautioned by home office classification of the offence. The final table details the gender of those arrested.

Age Total
10 68
11 176
12 536

Disposal Burglary Criminal Damage Drugs Non crime Other offences Sexual Offences Theft and Handling Stolen Goods Violence against the Person
Charged 11 14 4 4 7 2 17 26
Cautions 20 53 3 5 14 1 45 48

Please note: A non crime can include some traffic offences, failing to surrender to bail, breach of the peace and being guilty in a public place, while drunk,of disorderly behaviour.


Female 135
Male  645

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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