Disclosure Details

Arests and Prosecutions - 353/16

Dated: 12 Apr 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 11 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:

I would be grateful if Northumbria Police could supply data between 2005 and 2015 in the form of the arrests and prosecutions for incident codes that result in prosecutions under the following Acts, broken down by the sex of the complainant and the alleged perpetrator: 

* Section 2 of the Obscene Publications Act 1959;

* Section 2 of the Suicide Act 1961 in so far as it relates to paragraph 2(a) of Section 1 of Schedule 12 of the Coroner and  Justice Act 2009;

* Section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978;

* Section 43 of the Telecommunications Act 1984;

* Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act 1988;

* Section 2 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997;

* Section 2A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997;

* Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003;

* Section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003;

* Section 67 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003;

* Section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. 

An example of how I expect the data to be formatted on the basis of an identical request to South Wales Police that was fulfilled is at this link:


On the 30th March we sought clarity from you as what you were asking for and what you referred to that other the force had previously supplied differed,  and you responded:

I am happy for you to supply the data in the exact format as supplied South Wales Police, as you suggest.



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 howevfer the below should be noted. 

We only have disposals/charge data from 2008/09 onwards. For arrests we've provided data from 2005 to 2015, as requested.

The arrests data is the total number of arrests, rather than number of people.

The charge disposals is the total number of charges, rather than number of people given at least one charge.

The yearly breakdown for charge disposals is based on the year the charge was given. The arrest may have occurred in a different year.

There can be multiple charge disposals per single arrest. All have been included in the response for charges.

The offence a person is charged for may not be the same offence they were arrested for.

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 353-16