Cannabis farms - 177/17
Dated: 21 Mar 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 16 February 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.
Please could you provide all data you have from 2010, on how many cannabis farms have been found and destroyed by the force, in residential houses.
If possible, could you breakdown the data by year and also the location in which houses have been found to be growing cannabis
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.
The data for financial years 2012/13, 2014/15, 2015/16 and up until the end of February 2017 have been collated using the commercial cannabis flag. This flag was not introduced until late 2011/12. The data prior to these dates have been collated by searching on the Home Office Code used at that time.
Property type for each crime has been filtered out to establish only those crimes where cannabis has been found in residential properties.
If the report stated that the cannabis was for personal use or there were very few plants found, these have not been counted as not classed as cannabis farm.
As the data has been extracted using different methods it should not be used for comparison purposes.
If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would expect that you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as not to mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.
Location 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Gateshead 26 17 14 9 8 20 22 0
Newcastle 46 36 22 31 36 32 15 2
North Tyneside 36 18 39 18 21 24 10 0
Northumberland 41 23 16 18 13 9 10 2
South Tyneside 34 28 26 21 20 19 15 2
Sunderland 48 27 22 16 15 13 4 0
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.