Assaults - 002/17
Dated: 02 Feb 2017
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 1 January 2017 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.
For the 2016 Calendar Year could you please tell me the total number of recorded allegations of assault etc. whereby injury/death has been caused by a knife, sword, blade, screwdriver or any other pointed article (I do not require these to be answered or sub-totalled separately).
If it is possible to retrieve the information could this be broken down into sex, age group and ethnicity of the victim(s) please
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 below is based on the number of crimes for assault whereby injury / death has been caused to the victim as a result of a knife, sword, blade screwdriver or any other sharp or pointed article.
Each crime was viewed to ensure that the injury / death has been caused by using a knife etc.; for example, assault using fists and the victim being threatened with a knife are not counted.
With the above in mind please see below attached.
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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